Cold weather chills to Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State officials are urging residents to stay safe as temperatures drop throughout Florida.

A frigid and exceptionally dry air mass that funneled into the state behind an arctic cold front caused officials to issue a hard freeze warning for late Wednesday night for the northern two-thirds of the state. Forecasters say a combination of winds and below freezing temperatures will produce wind chills in the teens as far south as Lake Okeechobee.

Wind chill warnings have been issued for all of east central Florida and the Treasure coast through Thursday morning. Heavy frost formation is also expected Friday morning.

Officials want residents to keep themselves, their pets and their homes safe. Floridians should also be mindful of fire safety while trying to keep warm.

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