BROOKSVILLE - After several nights of temperatures dipping below 30 degrees, chilly weather is expected to continue this weekend.
"There's a good chance of a freeze again on Friday night going into Saturday morning," said Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Garcia said most of Hernando County could see temperatures as low as 26 degrees. Thermostats should climb back up to the mid-60s during the day on Saturday, Garcia said. Overnight temperatures Saturday should be in the 40s, depending on the winds, but a cold front could move through the area.
Sunday temperatures could reach the upper 60s, according to the National Weather Service, and dip into the 50s overnight.
Garcia said the recent freeze warnings can be blamed on arctic air traveling south.
"Basically they've opened up a highway in the air over Canada ... the cold air masses love coming down here in the wintertime," Garcia said.
The sheriff's office is reminding local residents to protect themselves from the cold by staying indoors and using safe heating sources.
Those requiring shelter can contact Jericho Road Ministries. The men's shelter is located at 1090 Mondon Hill Road, and can be reached at (352) 799-2912 ext. 103. The women's shelter, 1163 Howell Ave., can be reached by calling (352) 799-2912 ext. 109.
Free transportation is available to a cold weather shelter through Windmoor Healthcare, (727) 548-5733.
The sheriff's office recommends keeping space heaters and candles away from flammable materials and making sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work properly. Wear layers of warm clothing and stay hydrated.
If water pipes break, shut off the source and call a plumber.
Weather updates are available from the National Weather Service here.