With temperatures as low as the upper-20s overnight, accompanied by continued precipitation, the chance of seeing snowflakes remains in effect across Northwest Florida.


Following is the latest weather outlook from the National Weather Service:

The chance of freezing conditions hitting Northwest Florida has been heightened as the National Weather Service has elevated a Freeze Watch to a Freeze Warning from 6 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday.

Temperatures will drop into the upper-20s and low-30s across the Watch area, which extends from Mobile to Walton County.

A Freeze Warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday for Perry, Greene and Wayne counties in southeast Mississippi and Choctaw, Clarke and Washington counties in southwest Alabama.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until midnight tonight for Stone and George counties in southeast Mississippi, and for Wilcox, Monroe, inland Mobile, Conecuh, Butler, Escambia and inland Baldwin counties in southwestern Alabama.


The National Weather Service is predicting that Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties will experience a wintry mix Friday.

"If the moisture hangs around long enough, you could see the wintry mix late Friday afternoon into Friday evening," said meteorologist Eric Esbensen. 

The meteorologists said what he means by "wintry mix" are large snowflakes mixed with some rain.

The National Weather Service says temperatures are likely to dip into the upper 40 degrees Friday afternoon. And, by Friday evening, they will drop even lower into the upper 30 degrees.

Because temperatures won't reach freezing, which is 32 degrees, there will be no snow accumulation on the ground, Esbensen said.

However, residents may be able to catch a few snowflakes on their tongues, even though snowmen are out of the question.

Snowfall in Northwest Florida is a rare phenomenon, although it does happen occasionally.

The last time the weather service recorded snowfall in the area was in January 2014, when a freak ice storm hit Northwest Florida. Even south-end communities like Fort Walton Beach experienced snow flurries on top of the quarter- to half-inch accumulation of ice on local roads.

Before that, in February 2010, the same sort of wintry mix expected Friday occurred in Crestview and Baker in Okaloosa County. In Walton County, it hit Mossy Head and DeFuniak Springs and, in Santa Rosa County, it was spotted in Jay and Munson.

The last significant snowfall in the area was late January 1977, when as much as six inches of snow was dumped in some sections of the South.

As temperatures dropped to 28 degrees in Crestview, some two inches of the fluffy white stuff was reported. 

There is one thing about snowfall you don't need a meteorologist to predict, Northwest Florida residents are excited for any possibility of its arrival.

Esbensen said if weather conditions do produce snow Friday, it should move out of the area by midnight.