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Wind warnings, chilly conditions affect Tampa Bay commuters

ST. PETERSBURG — Officials issued a high wind warning for the Sunshine Skyway bridge and a wind chill advisory for Tampa Bay early Friday morning.

The National Weather Service's wind chill advisory was set to expire at 9 a.m. Across Tampa Bay, the recent cold front plunged temperatures to about 25 degrees lower than Thursday.

Brooksville reported the coldest temperatures Friday morning, at 37 degrees. St. Petersburg was the warmest, at a not-so-balmy 48 degrees, said Juli Marquez, Bay News 9 meterologist.

"It feels so much different from what it's been lately," she said.

A high wind warning also was in effect for the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Officials warned drivers to be careful when driving across the bridge Friday morning.

Officials warned drivers on the Sunshine Skyway to be careful of strong winds, especially if they were driving high-profile vehicles like trucks, vans and sport-utility vehicles.

The wind was expected to keep up for the rest of Friday, but was expected to die down in the evening, Marquez said. There was about a 10 percent chance of rain forecast through Saturday.

While weekend temperatures were expected to be in the 60s and 70s, another cold front forecast for Monday was expected to cool Tampa Bay down to the 30s and 40s.

Wind warnings, chilly conditions affect Tampa Bay commuters 01/18/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 18, 2013 7:46am]
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