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Cool, dry start to week after weekend of storms

Connie and Joe Molsen, on vacation from Kansas City, Kan., work to secure their umbrella Monday on Clearwater Beach to shield them from the gusty winds that churned up waves in the Gulf of Mexico. They were surprised that they were able to get it set up in the strong winds, but didn’t expect it to last long. “We’ll enjoy it while we can,” Joe Molsen said.

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Connie and Joe Molsen, on vacation from Kansas City, Kan., work to secure their umbrella Monday on Clearwater Beach to shield them from the gusty winds that churned up waves in the Gulf of Mexico. They were surprised that they were able to get it set up in the strong winds, but didn’t expect it to last long. “We’ll enjoy it while we can,” Joe Molsen said.

We won't be seeing snow or freezing rain, but the same storm system threatening the Northeast with a shock of winter will bring strong winds and cool, dry weather to the Tampa Bay area this week.

The strong nor'easter provided the region with 1 to 3 inches of rain over the weekend, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

Temperatures dropped into the 50s in parts of Hernando and Citrus counties early Monday and were expected to continue below average throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Meteorologists predicted highs in the low 70s today, with some areas seeing possible overnight lows in the high 40s this morning.

It's expected to be breezy again today, but then less so the remainder of the week.

This reprieve from the heat will be short-lived, said National Weather Service meteorologist Nicole Carlisle.

"I plan on fully enjoying the day before the heat returns," she said. "Cooler and drier — it will feel really nice outside."

Temperatures are expected to rise back into the 80s throughout much of the region Wednesday and continue to climb as the week progresses, Marquez said.

The blast of cooler weather comes on the heels of a low pressure cold front that has continued to head north, causing more severe conditions in the Northeast, according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters predicted up to 12 inches of snow in the most elevated areas of central and western Pennsylvania and New York, while a winter storm warning was issued for parts of northeastern Ohio, where up to 7 inches of snow was predicted.

Marissa Lang can be reached at mlang@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3386.

Cool, dry start to week after weekend of storms 04/23/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:02am]

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