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Shelters open as Tampa Bay gets another cold blast

While any predictions of snow are unlikely to be borne out, parts of the Tampa Bay area could see freezing temperatures Sunday night and Monday morning as the region endures an unseasonable cold snap.

Cold weather shelters were being opened Sunday for those without heat.

Portions of Hernando and Citrus counties could see temperatures dip into the 20s, while Brandon and areas of Pasco County could have temperatures in the 30s, according to Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker.

After lows in the 40s Sunday morning, Tampa and St. Petersburg are likely to have temperatures only in the mid-50s Sunday afternoon, Linker said. He predicted Tampa would reach a low of 37 degrees Sunday night, and St. Petersburg a low of 43.

Much depends on whether the cloudy skies over Tampa Bay clear by this evening. If they do, Linker said, clear skies and light winds will make for a colder night.

The cold should relent by Monday, with highs in the 60s Monday and 70s Tuesday, Linker said. On Wednesday and Thursday, another cold front — not as severe as this weekend's — will plunge the region's low temperatures back into the 50s.

By Friday, Linker said, mild weather more typical of March in Florida should resume.

The cold fronts hitting Florida over the next several days are the result of "a cold air mass over the whole eastern U.S.," extending south from the Great Lakes, Linker said.

Shelters open

Hillsborough and Pinellas counties announced cold weather shelters were open Sunday:


• Brandon Community Center, 510 E. Sadie St. This shelter opens at 5:30 p.m. and is for homeless people and families with children in the Brandon area. Phone: 813-635-8179.

• Metropolitan Ministries, 2010 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is for families. After hours phone: 813-209-1077.

• Salvation Army, 1514 N Florida Ave., Tampa. This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is only for adults. After hours phone: 813-221-4440.

• Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road, Town 'N Country. This shelter opens at 6:30 p.m. and is for adults and families. Phone: 813-554-5064.

• Wimauma Community Center, 5705 Hillsborough St., Wimauma. This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for adults and families. Phone: 813-635-3500.


(Shelters open at 6 p.m.)

• Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Ft. Harrison Ave., Clearwater. Phone: (727) 442-3677.

• St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 820 Jasmine Way, Clearwater. Phone: (727) 447-3494.

• Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park, 7790 61st St. N. Phone: (727) 574-5437.

(Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St. Petersburg St. Vincent DePaul will be provided by Boley Inc.)

• Northwest Presbyterian Church, 6330 54th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Phone: (727) 544-4551.

• Salvation Army, 1400 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Phone: (727) 822-4954.

• The Turning Point, 1810 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Phone: (727) 823-7811.

• St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 812 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Phone: (727) 479-2914.

(Families with children will be placed in motels on cold nights. Call Sarah Snyder at 727-424-1355 with the Homeless Leadership Board to make arrangements.)

Shelters open as Tampa Bay gets another cold blast 03/03/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 3, 2013 7:09pm]
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