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Cold temps move through Tampa Bay Area, the warmth should return this weekend

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 09:17:55-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Cold air moved into the Tampa Bay Area Tuesday night, bringing wind chill advisories and freeze warnings to parts of Tampa Bay early Wednesday morning.

A freeze warning will also go into effect from 4 a.m. until 8 a.m. on Thursday morning for coastal Citrus County, coastal Levy County, inland Citrus County, inland Hernando County and inland Levy County.

The National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Advisory for most of the Tampa Bay Area on Wednesday from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and a Freeze Warning for Coastal Levy, Coastal Citrus, Inland Citrus until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Temperatures dropped into the 40s for most of the Tampa Bay Area Wednesday morning.

The cooler air and winds are making temperatures feel like they are much colder.

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Temps could feel like 35 degrees or below on Thursday morning for Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk, Inland Manatee, Hardee, Desoto, and Highlands counties.

Residents should be aware that wind chill could lead to frost bite and hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Use layers of clothing to protect yourself from the cold.

If you must venture outdoors, make sure you wear a hat and gloves. Remember to bring pets indoors.

By the weekend, we should see temperatures back to the 70s and 80s.