Freezing temperatures to again invade Central Florida

Weather warnings issued across region

Published On: Jan 21 2014 04:02:19 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 21 2014 04:57:23 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Hours after temperatures reach the mid-70s across Central Florida on Tuesday, freezing and near-freezing temperatures will invade the region.

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"Tonight the rain is ending and the cold air is on the way," said Local 6 chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells. "Look for it to become windy with winds pushing in from the NW 15 to 25 mph."

Freeze warnings and watches have been issued across the area, prompting the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida to declare the next two days as "cold nights." On "cold nights," the coalition will not refuse anyone seeking shelter from cold, regardless of space.

Wind chill readings will drop into the 20s for many parts of Central Florida early Wednesday, prompting a wind chill advisory from 2 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Lows in the Orlando area will dip into the upper 30s early Wednesday, with areas to the north dropping below the freezing mark.

Wednesday will be a chilly day, with the high reaching 56 degrees and the low Wednesday night dropping to 37 degrees.

"There will be freeze worries to the North and West of Orlando," Sorrells said.

The cold air is affecting travelers, as Orlando International Airport reported 46 cancellations on Tuesday and 36 delays longer than 30 minutes.

SeaWorld's waterpark, Aquatica, announced it will be closed in the cold weather on Wednesday.

"By Thursday this is all behind us again," Sorrells said. "The high on Thurday will hit 64, the low will be 37."

High temperatures will gradually warm into the mid-60s through the end of the week with a high of 63 on Friday.

For the weekend Saturday and Sunday look dry with a high approaching 70.