Another night of cold weather, then a warm up - FOX 35 News Orlando

Another night of cold weather, then a warm up

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LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Another freeze warning has been issued for parts of Central Florida as the region deals with one more night of cold weather, all compliments of a arctic blast that has delivered record low temperatures to the Northeast and Midwest.

Low pressure moving across eastern Canada has tapped into a bitter cold air mass up to the north and has sent it southward.  On Monday, highs throughout most of the FOX 35/FOX 51 viewing areas only made it into the mid-40s.  

Early Tuesday morning, northern counties experienced a hard freeze, while Orlando saw temperatures hovering right around 32 degrees. 

Wind chill warnings stretched as far south as Alabama and Florida, and schools in places such as Atlanta were canceled Tuesday. Officials in Maryland worried that roads wet from melting snow would freeze as temperatures fell.

Tennessee utility officials braced for near-record power demand, while Ohio prepared for its coldest temperatures in decades.

The polar air broke temperature records in Chicago, Fort Wayne, Ind., Oklahoma and Texas on Monday.

The winter weather continued to wreak havoc at airports across the county.  Orlando International Airport (OIA) reported 46 cancelations and over 160 delays for the day.   The number of cancellations continues to decline as the airlines systematically move to resume more normal operations in Orlando and nationwide.

Despite the cold and biting wind, several people made it out to Florida beaches on Monday.  Many tourists visiting Volusia County from up north told us that, while it is cold here, it is still warmer than back home.

"We were hoping to come down here and have sunny, 80-degree weather," said one woman visiting from Washington, DC.  "One of our friends and relatives are in much colder weather, so we are trying to look at the positive side!"

Hundreds of heat-seeking manatees are packing the warm water springs at Blue Springs State Park near Orange City, where the temperature of the water is approximately 72 degrees.

Another freeze warning is in effect for many areas across Central Florida Wednesday morning, but metropolitan Orlando and Volusia and Brevard counties should stay above the 32 degree mark.

National forecasters say more than 187 million people could be affected by this weather system before it departs by week's end.  Wednesday should see highs in the mid-60s, climbing to the low-80s by the weekend.   Lows will return to the upper 50s and low 60s.

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