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Storm system set to slam Northeast will bring chill to Tampa Bay

Cancellations and delays stacked up at Tampa International Airport early Tuesday ahead of a winter storm expected to affect much of the Northeast.

As of 6 a.m., 16 arrivals and seven departures were canceled, according to an airport news release. East Coast locations like New York and Philadelphia were focal points, but flights to Denver and Chicago were knocked off schedule as well.

More delays and cancellations were expected into Wednesday, airport officials said.

The National Weather Service's winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings stretched from Illinois to Massachusetts on Tuesday morning.

Between 3 and 12 inches of snow was predicted to fall in New York today, and 1 to 8 inches was possible in Boston, according to the National Weather Service.

Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said that same area of low pressure was pushing toward the Florida Panhandle on Tuesday morning and will cool off Tampa Bay by Wednesday.

"That will bring us a chance of showers this afternoon and this evening," Marquez said.

Though Tuesday afternoon will be warmer and breezy, the next few days will be chilly as a cold front moves in from the Gulf of Mexico.

Wednesday highs will only be in the mid 50s, and lows will dip into the high 30s. Thursday will warm into the mid 60s, but lows will again drop to the high 30s. Friday's highs will only reach the mid 50s, and lows will be below freezing.

Pinellas County announced that cold weather shelters would be open Wednesday night to serve homeless people or those without heat. The following shelters will open at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will provide a hot dinner, warm sleeping conditions and breakfast Thursday morning:

Clearwater: Primary Shelter at Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater, (727) 442-3677. Backup Shelter at St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 820 Jasmine Way, Clearwater, (727) 447-3494.

Pinellas Park: Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park, 7790 61st St. N, (727) 574-5437. Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St. Petersburg will be provided by Boley Inc.

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

Salvation Army, 1400 Fourth St. S, (727) 822-4954.

The Turning Point, 1810 Fifth Ave. N, (727) 823-7811.

Tarpon Springs: St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 812 E Tarpon Ave., (727) 937-3503.

Families can call Sarah Snyder or Cliff Smith to make arrangements for cold night shelter in a motel. Snyder can be reached at (727) 424-1355 or (727) 528-5762. Smith can be reached at (727) 698-1809 or (727) 893-7627.

Claire Wiseman can be reached at cwiseman@tampabay.com or (727)-893-8804. Follow @clairelwiseman on Twitter.

Storm system set to slam Northeast will bring chill to Tampa Bay 01/21/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:13pm]
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