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Tampa Bay residents feeling winter's chill

Nic Aparicio of Tampa catches air while kite boarding on Saturday off the shore of Picnic Island Park in Tampa. Aparicio said the windy weather brought him to the waves.

TYLER TJOMSLAND | Times

Nic Aparicio of Tampa catches air while kite boarding on Saturday off the shore of Picnic Island Park in Tampa. Aparicio said the windy weather brought him to the waves.

Tampa Bay residents are getting a reminder that it really is still winter by waking up today to near-freezing temperatures in many spots, weather forecasters said.

How cold it is depends on where you live.

"There's going to be a wide range of temperatures," said Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure.

In Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties, early-morning lows are expected to be between 26 and 32 degrees, McClure said.

Hillsborough County should have lows between 31 and 36 degrees, while Pinellas County will be hovering at or just below 40 degrees.

"It's not unusual for us to get cold fronts come through and dip temperatures down like this, but we haven't had it too much this year," McClure said. "We've been spoiled. It has been a mild winter."

Highs across the area are expected to be in the mid-50s by this afternoon. But temperatures will dip again tonight, although it won't be as windy. The warm-up starts on Monday, McClure said, with highs in the 60s.

Officials said cold-weather shelters will be available in Pinellas County on Sunday night.

Pasco County emergency management officials also planned to open shelters Sunday in Hudson, Zephyrhills and Port Richey. Hernando County did not have immediate plans to open shelters there, officials said.

Hillsborough County officials said they would decide Sunday whether to open shelters there Sunday night.

>> Fast facts

Cold weather shelters

Pinellas County: In addition to five shelters specifically for adults, families seeking relief from the cold can call one of the following coordinators to make arrangements: Clearwater: Lewis Hill (727) 644-4795 or Kip Corriveau (727) 446-6507; St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park: Jim Leiby (727) 433-2115; and Tarpon Springs, Mary Dekasin (727) 479-2914.

Pasco County: The following shelters will be open: The Holy Ground Shelter, 8835 Denton Ave., Hudson; The Christian Church, 34921 Chauncy Road, Zephyrhills; and Impact Family Ministries, 5533 River Gulf Road, Port Richey.

Tampa Bay residents feeling winter's chill 02/11/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 11, 2012 9:53pm]
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