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It wasn’t just the students who were missing in Gainesville Monday morning. The warmer weather was too.

This February was the warmest on record in Gainesville, but almost to the day, with the flip of the calendar came a cooler pattern. The first of two major cold fronts moved through Thursday, dropping temperatures by more than 15 degrees over the weekend. Daytime highs were near 70 and overnight lows dipped into the upper 30s, which is slightly below normal for early March. The last time temperatures were this cold in North Florida was February 3.

A second, even stronger cold front is expected to move through Tuesday night. Ahead of it, temperatures will rebound some, especially at night. Showers and even a few thunderstorms are likely with the front Tuesday night, before temperatures tumble again. This time well below normal.

Morning lows Thursday and Friday are expected to be in the middle 30s, possibly even cold enough to cause concern for patchy frost in some areas. Daytime highs Thursday and Friday will be in the 60s, at least 10 degrees lower than normal for this time of year.

The latest Futuretrack animation of the front and forecasts for areas elsewhere in the state can be seen below.

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