Winter Weather

The University of Florida campus in the Gainesville area is not immune to winter weather and cold temperatures. Over the last couple of decades, the mean date of the first freeze of the season is December 1st and the mean date of the last freeze is February 27th. In total, the Gainesville area averages 16 days per year with low temperatures at freezing (32° F) or below. Although rare, the area has experienced freezing rain, sleet, and even snow.

What to Know

  • Freeze WATCH – Below freezing temperatures are possible for a minimum of two hours.
  • Freeze WARNING – Below freezing temperatures are expected for a minimum of two hours.

What to Do

Follow Take Action Guidance when appropriate.

The record low temperature for Gainesville is 6° F, set on February 13, 1899. The coldest temperature recorded in Florida was -2° F in Tallahassee, also on February 13, 1899.

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