TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- State officials want residents, visitors and Florida's growers to prepare for temperatures near or below the freezing mark throughout the week.

Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson said Sunday that it's not known how the cold snap will affect crops. Bronson said it depends on how low temperatures drop and how long the cold weather sticks around.

Bronson also urged people to protect their animals by bringing them indoors or providing an outdoor shelter.

Forecasters say temperatures could reach the lower 20s across inland northern Florida. Temperatures could drop near the freezing mark as far south as Lake Okeechobee.

Meteorologist Amy Godsey says an arctic cold front moved through Florida this weekend, meaning the state is feeling much cooler temperatures.

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