Freezing weather to give way to warmer temperatures

A week of freezing weather continued early Wednesday as temperatures dipped into the 20s and 30s across much of the region.

Once again, people across the Tampa Bay area woke up to frost on their windshields and lawns. At Tampa International Airport, about a dozen early-morning flights were delayed from 30 minutes to an hour-and-a-half as the planes sunned themselves to thaw the ice, according to airport spokeswoman Brenda Geoghagan.

But forecasters say it's the last morning of bitter cold in the forecast.

Temperatures Wednesday should warm up into the mid to upper 60s, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Anthony Reyes.

Lows Wednesday night into Thursday morning should largely stay above freezing, though parts of Hernando County could briefly drop below freezing, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

"Tomorrow morning will be chilly, but not as cold," she said.

The rest of the week should be nice and warm with temperatures returning to the 70s during the day.

Highs on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are forecast to be in the low-to mid-70s, while lows should stay in the 50s.

"As it stands, we're looking at an extremely pleasant Friday evening for New Year's Eve fireworks and activities," said Reyes.

Freezing weather to give way to warmer temperatures 12/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 9:20am]

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