It is going to be a cold Tuesday and Wednesday here along Northwest Florida as a freeze warning has been issued for our area late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
- The freeze warning is in effect from 1-8am for most of the non-coastal areas of Okaloosa County.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will drop between 29-32 degrees for most of the area (away from the coast). Temperatures are only expected to drop into the upper 30s for the coastal communities.
As of Tuesday morning, the Crestview Shelter will be engaging in cold weather operations Tuesday through Thursday, according to Public Safety Director Patrick Maddox. The Fort Walton Beach shelter does not have plans to engage at this time.
The National Weather Service advises residents within the Freeze Warning areas to take steps now to protect your home. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly.
- Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.
- Bring pets inside.
- Cover plants.
The Red Flag Warning is in effect from 11am until 7pm on Tuesday for the far western Florida Panhandle. A Fire Weather Watch remains in effect as well as winds around 15 mph, dry fuels, and low relative humidity may result in extreme fire behavior. Outdoor burning is not recommended.