The other concern for this typically warmer part of the country is the citrus crop, including oranges and grapefruit.
Cities like Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida, are likely to see the coldest air, as is typical most months of the year; however, temperatures will be as much as 15 to 20 degrees F below normal for the first week of January.
With only some brief brushes with Jack Frost so far this season, a more prolonged chill is set to start off 2018 across much of Florida.
With the jet stream in southern Florida, a storm could originate around the Miami area midweek. This will help to moderate temperatures for southern parts of the state until then, but will bring in breezy conditions for much of the Florida Peninsula.
“This will allow for the next push of cold air to travel farther south than previous outbreaks,” added Duffey.
The combination of cold and breezy conditions across much of the Florida Peninsula will bring AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures down below freezing for many.
More shots of cold are possible throughout the first month of January, which could again put citrus farmers on alert. Stick with AccuWeather for more coverage of persistent could throughout the remainder of the 2017-2018 winter season.
Overnight lows will be even lower, with the mercury in Tampa dipping down into the 30s by late-week.