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Expect a cold and windy Friday, but warmer over the weekend — until …

Published Jan. 3, 2014

Like much of the country, Tampa Bay will brace for cold weather Friday with daytime highs about 15 degrees colder than average.

Temperatures will top out in the 50s during the day and could drop into the 30s in some northern counties like Hernando overnight, Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said.

Though Saturday morning will be cold, the daytime high should reach into the 60s. Sunday will be even warmer, with temperatures in the normal 70 degree range.

But after the upswing, temperatures will dip again Monday night ahead of a cold front.

Strong, gusting winds also will also contribute to the area's chilly conditions and kick up surf. Bay News 9 reported the wind toppled a tree that landed in a Dunedin family's condo unit, forcing them out of their home.

That wind should die down by Saturday, Marquez said.

Friday will be sunny, but scattered showers are possible Saturday and Sunday.

At Tampa International Airport, departure and arrival boards were already starting to show delays early Friday morning as a winter storm hit northeastern states hard and disrupted flight schedules across the country. Nationally, airlines canceled more than 2,300 flights Thursday because of snowfall and low visibility. By Friday morning, about 1,600 flights were canceled nationwide, according to the aviation tracking website FlightAware.com.


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