Freeze Watch and Wind Chills in 20’s for South Florida

Visitors at the at the Tampa Electric Company Manatee Viewing Center are bundled up against chilly temperatures Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Apollo Beach, Fla. Temperatures in central Florida dipped into the low 40's as a cold front passed through the state. Warm water discharged from the power plant attracts the manatees. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Floridians are bundling up as temperatures are projected to dip below freezing.

Colder air will move into South Florida tonight, and a freeze watch is in effect for the Treasure Coast and sections of The Palm Beaches may experience wind chills in the 20s.

Cold weather shelters are opening up across South Florida in advance of the chilly weather and space heaters are flying off store shelves.

In Vero Beach the first shelter opened on yesterday at the Image of Christ church.

The Indian River County Emergency Management says another shelter will be activated at a local Christian outreach ministry for the homeless at 9 p.m.

Palm Beach County has opened two cold weather shelters for those who have nowhere else to go and has provided a van to pick them up.

The National Weather Service is now predicting lows in the mid to upper 40’s in Broward County from January 3rd through Friday, January 5th.

As a result of this forecast, Broward County has declared a multi-night Cold Weather Emergency.

Homeless persons are advised to report to the following Pickup and/or Shelter locations (map attached), no later than 6:30PM on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights for transportation or access to special cold-night shelters.

Click here for Broward Shelter information.

Here are some tips to survive the cold:

Pets should be kept inside.

Wrap water pipes exposed to outside air that might chill below freezing. This means actual air temperature, not wind chill estimates, which can be much lower.

Check on elderly friends and family to ensure they have a working heating system, blankets and quilts.

Don’t rely on small space heaters or turning on an oven for heat. Using these methods to stay warm create a dangerous situation and should be avoided.

Northern Florida is already receiving snow and freezing rain.

The Highway Patrol says a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 10 is closed from Tallahassee to Madison.

It was shut down this morning after a brief ice and snow storm caused several crashes.

There was no immediate word as to when I-10 would reopen.

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