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Forecast: Frosty start across Tampa Bay leads to sun and warmth this afternoon

The morning starts with a frost advisory for parts of the Tampa Bay area, but things will start to warm up to near 70 degrees this afternoon.
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Published Jan. 17, 2019

Those heading out for an early morning commute might want to think like an onion Thursday. As in, get ready to peel some layers as the day goes on.

According to the National Weather Service, things will start out on the frigid side before the sun comes out this afternoon and reminds us that we still live in Florida. Temperatures start in the low 40s this morning and getting low enough in spots that a frost advisory is in effect in Pasco County until 8 a.m.

As the day goes on, however, clouds will part, winds will calm and the sun will come to warm things back up to right around normal at 70 degrees for most of the Tampa Bay area. Overnight lows will chill out some, but won't be as extreme as the past few nights, forecasters say. Things should stay around the 50-degree range heading into Friday, when again, the afternoon will warm, this time climbing into the middle 70s.

Things, however, get a bit temperamental as the weekend hits. The warming trend should continue Saturday with afternoon highs between 75 and 80, but a cold front will start to make its way across the panhandle and down the peninsula heading into Sunday morning. The front will bring a strong chance for rain Sunday morning and will be met with some arctic cold coming in from the north. The frostiest of the weather will hold to the north, forecasters said, but it'll still be enough to bring significant cooling to the area.

The front will keep temperatures barely above the morning low of about 62 degrees Sunday. Then things will drop quickly as the sun sets, nearing freezing in many areas across the region and starting the next week with highs in the 50s.

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Contact Daniel Figueroa IV at dfigueroa@tampabay.com. Follow @danuscripts.

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