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Tampa Bay under another freeze warning

Bundled up, Kyra Plummer, 4, center, waits to return to class Wednesday after recess with Michelle Boyarsky, 5, and Zachary Phillips, 4, right, at Palm Harbor Montessori Academy.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Bundled up, Kyra Plummer, 4, center, waits to return to class Wednesday after recess with Michelle Boyarsky, 5, and Zachary Phillips, 4, right, at Palm Harbor Montessori Academy.

Today will start out with freezing temperatures, but the weather should start to warm up for the weekend.

Overnight lows were expected to bottom out near or below freezing this morning, with some northern counties feeling the chill of the 20s. Forecasters issued a freeze warning for the region, and highs today will reach into only the mid 50s.

Lows tonight will again plunge to near or below freezing, but then we'll start to warm up. Highs Friday could stretch past 60 and will reach the high 60s on Saturday.

While Florida was contending with cold weather, the Northeast was dealing with heavy snow. The weather caused 53 cancellations of flights to and from Tampa International Airport.

It was third day in a row that nasty weather across the country caused flight delays at TIA.

Most canceled flights were to and from New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Hartford, Conn., as heavy snow moved from the South to the Northeast. Some flights to Atlanta were scrubbed, but most were on time.

Hugh Gallagher, 52, was at the airport two hours early for an 8:30 a.m. flight. He checked in and then realized his U.S. Airways flight to Richmond, Va., had been canceled. The flight was rescheduled for 12:30 p.m.

He had few complaints, though. He had a newspaper to read. He'd nap later, he said.

"There's nothing you can do about the weather," he said.

Luckily, he was in no rush. He's a frequent flier who doesn't schedule important meetings around the time he's traveling, he said.

Times staff writer Kim Wilmath contributed to this report.

Tampa Bay under another freeze warning 01/12/11 [Last modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011 6:57am]
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