Weather: We'll stay warm while much of the country is slammed by snow, ice

Workers test inflate a kids "Chuggy Choo Choo" obstacle course in North Straub Park on Friday in preparation for Saturday's Snowfest in St. Petersburg. Warm and sunny weather is forecast for the weekend.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

Workers test inflate a kids "Chuggy Choo Choo" obstacle course in North Straub Park on Friday in preparation for Saturday's Snowfest in St. Petersburg. Warm and sunny weather is forecast for the weekend.

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Warm, sunny weather expected all weekend

As nearly half the country suffers under ice and snow, Tampa Bay will approach record high temperatures and should see sunny skies all weekend. Tampa already broke a record for Dec. 6, reaching 84 degrees Friday. The previous record was 83 degrees in 2001, according to Bay News 9 meteorologists.

The rest of the weekend should be equally warm, with highs in the 80s and overnight lows in the high 60s. A sea breeze will mean cooler beaches, but mid 70s are still likely along the Gulf Coast throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile, a band of cold air, ice and snow stretched from Texas to New York on Friday. Though the cold front will move toward Florida, it will stall to the north of the state and won't have any impact on Tampa Bay.

Times staff

Weather: We'll stay warm while much of the country is slammed by snow, ice 12/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 8:55pm]

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