More cold weather headed to Tampa Bay area

Snow? In Florida?

It can't happen, can it?

In fact, some computer models last week hinted at the slim possibility of snow flakes drifting down in areas of northern Florida this coming weekend as a severe cold front moves across Florida.

More recent models have debunked those forecasts.

But more cold weather, some of the chilliest of the season, is definitely headed this way.

A cold front heading to Tampa Bay Saturday night will drop temperatures into the 30s early Sunday and early Monday, said Bay News 9 chief meteorologist Mike Clay.

Pasco and Hernando counties may see temperatures in the low 30s or high 20s, but we won't see any snowflakes in the Tampa Bay area.

Last time that happened was January of 1977. It was just a dusting, the National Weather Service says.

The cooler weather starts Tuesday as a low pressure system sweeps in from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing scattered thunderstorms followed by cooler, drier air.

High daytimes temperatures will decline to the upper 70s Tuesday to the mid 60s on Friday.

Then a second front arrives, bringing much colder air through the weekend and likely raising concerns about plants and agriculture.

The cold fronts mirror a trend that has occurred repeatedly this winter, with temperatures fluctuating from warm to chilly conditions, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez.

"This is the time of year where our temperatures can get very warm and very cold for several days," she said.

More cold weather headed to Tampa Bay area 02/25/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 25, 2013 6:31pm]

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