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Second cold front to drop temperatures near freezing

A second cold front moving through Tampa Bay tonight could push temperatures close to freezing for the second time this month.

Wednesday began cool in the 40s but will warm into the 60s and stay breezy and mostly clear, Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said.

A cold front brought rain, thunderstorms and cooler temperatures to the area early Tuesday.

"It is cool, but it's gonna be a lot cooler tomorrow," Marquez said Wednesday morning.

The second cold front, moving through Wednesday night, will cool us even more. Lows will dip into the low 40s, with a high on Thursday expected to only reach the 50s. With wind chill, temperatures in some northern counties could feel like the 30s.

Freezing temperatures can be particularly damaging to Tampa Bay's berry farmers.

Fancy Farms strawberry grower Carl Grooms said he's preparing for the worst, meaning he'll double-check his equipment and might pick some strawberries early.

When temperatures actually reach freezing, farmers can spray strawberries with water, which creates a protective layer of ice to shield the fruit.

"Other than that, it's just hurry up and wait," Grooms said.

Things will warm up Friday, with predicted highs in the mid 60s, before things cool down again Saturday. Lows predicted for Saturday are in the low 30s.

Second cold front to drop temperatures near freezing 01/15/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:38am]
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