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Frost, freezing weather expected in Tampa Bay overnight Sunday

Pasco and Hillsborough counties will open cold weather shelters Sunday night in anticipation of severe cold.
Cold weather overnight Sunday could have portions of the Tampa Bay area dipping down to the low to mid-30s. A freeze warning is in effect for portions of Pasco County.
Cold weather overnight Sunday could have portions of the Tampa Bay area dipping down to the low to mid-30s. A freeze warning is in effect for portions of Pasco County. [ The National Weather Service in Ruskin ]
Published Jan. 23

Portions of the Tampa Bay area could see one of the coldest nights of the year so far, with freezing temperatures and frost advisories beginning Sunday night into Monday morning.

A freeze warning is in effect for inland portions of Pasco County, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin. Inland portions of Hillsborough County and coastal areas of Pasco County are in a frost advisory Sunday night into Monday morning. Cold weather shelters are opening in both counties.

Northern parts of Pasco, which are expected to get the coldest temperatures in Tampa Bay, could dip to 29 degrees overnight, according to the National Weather Service. By Monday morning, temperatures will rise to the upper 40s. In Hillsborough County, temperatures could dip into the mid 30s to low 40s.

Pinellas County will see lows around 40 degrees, and no frost or freezing is expected.

Overnight Sunday will be the coldest period, according to Jennifer Hubbard, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

The weather will warm up Tuesday but remain chilly. Another cold weather system will blow through the area Saturday, just in time for Gasparilla, bringing more severe cold.

For those seeking shelter

Pasco County: The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County will offer shelters from 5 p.m. Sunday to 8 a.m. Monday for anyone in need of a warm place to spend the night.

Anyone looking to make shelter arrangements must call 727-842-8605, ext. 6 by 8 p.m.

Hillsborough County: Cold weather shelters will open at 6 p.m. Sunday with limited capacity at The Portico, 1001 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, and Amazing Love Ministries, 3304 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa.

Metropolitan Ministries and Tampa Crossroads have a limited supply of single-night motel vouchers on a first-come, first-served basis. Preregistration is required and the deadline is 5 p.m. Individuals and families can call 813-209-1176. Individuals and couples without children can call 813-702-0850.

All Hillsborough shelters housing groups of people will comply with social distancing recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any resident using a cold weather shelter will be screened for COVID-19 before entry. All residents and volunteers will be required to wear a face covering while inside the shelter. A mask will be provided if a person does not have one.

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