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Bay area wakes up warmer, but rain and cold on the way

TAMPA — You're not dreaming. It actually felt like a Florida winter Friday morning, with bay area temperatures closer to 50 degrees than the 30-degree chill we've been enduring all week.

But don't get used to it, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez. Rain expected later Friday will usher in another cold front for the weekend.

"It's definitely not as cold as yesterday, but it's going to be very brief," Marquez said.

Tampa and St. Petersburg were at 50 degrees Friday morning, Brooksville was at 43 and Lakeland at 40.

Marquez said scattered showers and gusty winds should hit the bay area by the afternoon.

Areas north of the bay will feel the cold front first, and another freeze watch for Hernando and Citrus counties will begin at 1 a.m. Saturday.

It'll be about 34 degrees in Tampa on Saturday morning and a bit warmer in Pinellas. Northern counties could get down to the 20s, she said.

As for rumors of potential snowfall, Marquez said it's probably just wishful thinking.

Parts of the Florida Panhandle could see light sleet as rain rolls through, but that's all.

"I don't want to burst anyone's bubble," Marquez said. "I think a lot of people had visions of 1977 with snow on the ground, but it doesn't look like that'll be the case."

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Bay area wakes up warmer, but rain and cold on the way 01/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 12:52pm]

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