S. Fla. Under Freeze, Wind Chill Warnings

MIAMI (CBS4) -Temperatures are plunging tonight across South Florida as Arctic air continues to pile into the area.  All of South Florida remains under Freeze  and Wind Chill Warnings until Tuesday morning.

CBS 4 Chief Meteorologist David Bernard says wind chills will range between 20 and 25 degrees by Tuesday morning. Actual air temperatures will approach or fall below freezing in Northern and Western Broward along with portions of South and Southwest Miami-Dade.

Bernard says the gusty winds overnight and in the morning will be the worst aspect of the latest cold snap. It will make things very difficult for people and animals that are outside.  Hats, gloves and several layers of clothing are recommended to stay warm.  All pets should be brought inside.

The worst may be yet to come. A freeze watch is in effect for all of South Florida Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. Bernard says this will likely be upgraded to a warning on Tuesday morning. With lighter winds tomorrow night, parts of South Florida could see actual air temperatures in the 20s by Wednesday morning. This could be very damaging to local crops and tropical plants.

For the latest on the potentially record breaking cold, stay with cbsmiami.com. You can track your neighborhood temperatures with our exclusive Weatherbug network.

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