UPDATE: Coldest air since 2010 to hit South Florida

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As I write the temperatures are already falling into the 40s on the Treasure Coast with wind chills in the 30s. This is the leading edge of some of the coldest air since 2010 heading for South Florida. Temperatures will continue to fall rapidly into the 30s overnight for all areas of the Treasure coast and Palm Beaches.

At the same time very rough seas and high surf will cause minor coastal flooding at times of high tide due to a nearly full super moon.

A freeze warning is in effect for Thursday morning for Indian River, St Lucie and Okeechobee counties. A wind chill advisory is in effect for all areas. Expect this to repeat on Friday morning. In the freeze warning temperatures will fall near or below 32 degrees for 1 to 3 hours from around 4:30 am to 7:30 am.

This is due to bombogenesis happening along the Southeast coast. This storm is intensifying so rapidly it is called a meteorological bomb. The pressure of this storm will rival that of Super Storm Sandy once it gets off New England. It will bring 6-12 inches of snow from the coast of the Carolinas north to New York City. And 1-2 feet of snow is likely in SE New England through Thursday.

Locally, county leaders have a number of cold weather shelters opening up for people who need them.

Bring sensitive plants and pets inside.

Expect generally the same conditions Friday morning; perhaps even a degree or two lower. Day time highs on Thursday will only be in the mid to upper 50s. Wind chills both Thursday and Friday morning will be in the 20s! Dress warmly in layers and do not expose skin to the cold for extended periods of time.

Saturday morning will be the last chilly morning with lows in the mid 30s Treasure Coast and mid 40s Palm Beaches.

The weekend will see a milder trend with lots of sun. By Sunday afternoon many will be near 70 for a high!

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