Tampa Bay likely to hit coldest temperatures since 2018 this weekend
Brace for cold, friends: A strong northern front led by rain and gusty wind is expected to send temperatures tanking this weekend, possibly to the coldest levels since 2018.
- Bay News 9 meteorologist Nick Merianos warns the temperature will "plummet."
- Fox 13's Paul Dellegatto says Sunday morning will be a "popsicle."
What's happening: An arctic surge will bring wet weather today, followed by cold, dry Canadian air that could lead to a freeze Saturday night or into Sunday.
- Temps are expected to drop so low that counties around Tampa Bay are planning to open emergency shelters for those in need of warmth.
Merianos' forecast lows on Sunday morning:
- St. Pete: 32
- Tampa: 29
- Lakeland: 25
- Bradenton: 30
- Wesley Chapel: 29
- Lakewood Ranch: 33
🏴☠️ If you're going to Gasparilla: Layer up! Our colleagues at Axios Twin Cities tell us that on sub-freezing days, they wear leggings under their jeans, then a sweatshirt on top layered with a coat and other winter gear.
- Advice from a place that considers 30 degrees nice: "EMBRACE IT. Bundle up and get moving."
🏃 If you're a runner, our friend Linh at Axios Des Moines says less is more: "Around 31, I wear gloves, a headband to cover my ears, leggings, thick socks, a long t-shirt and a light jacket."
🪴 Protect your plants: If temps drop below freezing where you live, move potted plants indoors.
- You can also cover tropical plants with sheets, blankets or cardboard boxes to protect them from frost.
🐾 Bring your pets inside: Just like people, Florida pets aren't used to the cold.🔥
Beware of space heaters: People die every winter in fires touched off by space heaters that tip over or are placed next to flammables. Do not be one.
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