Repeat cold fronts sweeping through Treasure Coast going into MLK Day weekend

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The Treasure Coast can expect some of its coldest weather of the season over MLK Day weekend, which started with a mellow chill Thursday and Friday chased by the whipping tail of a Saskatchewan screamer.

The screamer — a winter wallop originating out of the Canadian province between Manitoba and Alberta — could drop snow as far south as Georgia but likely will mean a wet Sunday for much of the peninsula.

"And that system, the center is going to stay to our north, but it's going to drag a pretty strong cold front," said Kevin Rodriguez, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Melbourne. "We're going to have a couple of days of below-normal temperatures."

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The coldest temperatures, likely in the mid- to upper 40s, will sweep through the Treasure Coast Monday night, he said. Tuesday night will be a tad warmer, around the upper 40s and lower 50s. Temperatures will be slightly warmer along the beaches by then.

"The barrier islands for sure will probably only be in the low 50s," Rodriguez said. "But the mainland area should drop into the upper 40s to maybe just around 50 degrees."

Daytime temperatures Monday and Tuesday likely will hover around the 60s, he said. But before the cold front early next week, the Treasure Coast can expect scattered rainfall Sunday, reminiscent of typical summer storms.

"It's usually going to be localized, but it's not going to be anything significant," Rodriguez said.

A separate, mild cool front swept through the area Thursday, clearing away a dreary, stormy week that brought heavy rainfall and egg-sized hail to St. Lucie County Monday — the largest hail seen in the area since 2007.

Thursday's cool front will make way for mostly sunny skies Friday and Saturday with chilly morning temperatures.

"Tonight the temperatures will be right around 50 degrees for the Treasure Coast counties," Rodriguez said Thursday.

Several beachgoers enjoyed the cool air and calm waters on Hutchinson Island Thursday morning. Others prefer the heat.

"I want it to get hot again. I don't like the cold," said Lana Jennings, 23, who stood out on Jetty Park beach to watch the SpaceX rocket launch from Cape Canaveral.

Jennings, who's lived on Hutchinson Island her whole life, said she probably won't spend much time on the beach this weekend, despite the cooler weather. Her part of the island gets a lot of visitors on holiday weekends.

"It's usually crowded around here, so it's kind of a hassle to park," she said.

This weekend's cold front is a noteworthy cuff of cool air following Florida's eighth- warmest year in 127 years of records, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Florida’s average temperature of 72.3 degrees in 2021 was 2.2 degrees warmer than the mean base period of 1901-2000.

Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties finished 2021 as their seventh-warmest years on record, according to NOAA.

Kimberly Miller of The Palm Beach Post contributed to this report.

Thomas Weber is a Digital Now Reporter at TCPalm. You can reach him at thomas.weber@tcpalm.com or 813-545-9113. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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