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  1. Local Weather

Cold weather shelters open in Pinellas and Hillsborough

Citrus, Hernando and inland Pasco are under a frost advisory.
Michael Stevens, 28, left, works to stay warm with friend Cash Holland, 21, right, outside the Boys and Girls Club of Tarpon Springs' cold night shelter on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, where the homeless men were among 28 people who took refuge from cooler weather which dipped to 36 degrees in north Pinellas County overnight. The shelter is funded through Pinellas County's Health and Human Services department and provided shelter and a hot breakfast for those who came. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TImes]

Cold weather shelters are preparing to open across the region as Tampa Bay braces for a chilly night.

Temperatures could reach as low as 41 overnight Friday, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik. Then expect lows of 48 on Saturday and 44 on Sunday.

But it could get even colder for Tampa Bay’s northern counties, with the feel-like temperatures dropping into the 30s. Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties are under a frost advisory.

That’s below the normal temperatures that the region typically experiences around this time of year (which is usually a low of 56 and a high of 74.)

“Since we got so warm, I think this is a shock to people," Kacmarik said.

Beaches are also at high risk of rip currents.


In Pinellas, the Homeless Leadership Board and United Methodist Cooperative Ministries/Suncoast, Inc. are opening cold night shelters. Most shelters open between 6 and 6:30 p.m and close about 6 a.m. Saturday. Guests will be accepted throughout the night and provided a hot meal and breakfast in the morning.

For information on family shelters, call 2-1-1, Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. The following shelters are open for adult men and women.


Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church

110 S Fort Harrison Ave.

(727) 446-3001

Capacity: 90

Note: This shelter opens at 5 p.m.

St. Petersburg

Northwest Presbyterian Church

6330 54th Ave. N

(727) 544-4551

Capacity: 75

The Turning Point

1810 Fifth Ave. N

(727) 823-7811

Capacity: 25

Salvation Army

1400 Fourth St. S

(727) 822-4954

Capacity: 50

Trinity Lutheran Church

401 Fifth St. N

(727) 822-3307

Capacity: 30

Pinellas Park

Boy and Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park

7709 61st St. N

(727) 547-5437

Capacity: 150

Tarpon Springs

Boys and Girls Club of Tarpon Springs

111 W Lime St.

(727) 937-6837

Capacity: 40-50


Hillsborough County staffers will pick up individuals who need a ride, including pet owners, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Portico, 1001 N Florida Ave., at the corner of E Tyler Street and N Marion Street. Those who cannot get a ride to the shelter can call (813) 272-7272 by 6 p.m. for a ride.

Hyde Park United Methodist Church

500 W Platt St.

Opens at 6 p.m. for adults

(813) 347-8333

Amazing Love Ministries

3304 E Columbus Drive

Opens at 6 p.m. for adults

Salvation Army

1514 N Florida Ave.

Opens at 6 p.m. for adults

(813) 226-0055

Jackson Springs Recreation Center

8620 Jackson Springs Road

Opens at 6 p.m. for adults and their pets

(813) 554-5004

Wimauma Senior Center

5714 North St.

Opens at 6 p.m. for adults

(813) 671-7672

Metropolitan Ministries

2106 N Florida Ave.

This location is where families go for motel vouchers before 5 p.m.

(813) 209-1077