Temperatures are expected to fall to or below freezing late tonight into early Saturday morning.
Phil Peterson, a forecaster at the Jacksonville National Weather Service Forecast Office, said the office is projecting the temperature to be 31 degrees late tonight to early Saturday.
That is one degree below freezing, and a freeze watch is in effect for the Gainesville area, Peterson said.
Danny Hinson, Alachua County Emergency Management planner, said Gainesville is in the southern area of the freeze watch.
It's mainly for southern Georgia and the northeast inland part of Florida, Hinson said.
People should cover up any fragile plants that cannot take a light freeze, such as tropical plants, Peterson said.
They should also make sure their heaters are working correctly, he said.
Hinson said to make sure the elderly are protected from colder weather.
If people live in mobile homes or older homes that might have exposed pipes, they need to make sure water runs through the entire system so the pipes don't freeze, Hinson said.