Freeze watches issued for parts of Tampa Bay Area through Thursday morning

Posted at 8:31 AM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 14:21:10-05

Freezing temperatures are expected Tuesday night through Thursday morning in parts of the Tampa Bay Area. 

A freeze watch has been issued in Citrus County from late Tuesday through Wednesday morning and again from late Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

Hernando County is also under a freeze watch from late Wednesday night through Thursday morning.  

Sumter County is also under a freeze watch from late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. 

Some areas may see temperatures drop to 32 degrees for a few hours overnight Tuesday and Wednesday. 

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The National Weather Service is urging residents to take necessary protective actions for crops and sensitive vegetation. Under a freeze watch, sub-freezing temperatures are possible. Be sure to bring your pets inside. 

Hillsborough County cold weather shelters will open Tuesday night (November 27) for the homeless and for those who live in homes without adequate heat. Pets are welcome at the Jackson Springs shelter location. Scroll down for a list of Hernando County and Hillsborough County cold weather shelters. 




Hernando County will open the following cold weather shelters on Wednesday night:

  • Individuals who need to seek shelter from the cold may contact Jericho Road Ministries for assistance:
  • Men's Shelter
    1090 Mondon Hill Road
    Brooksville, FL 34601
    (352) 799-2912 ext. 103
  • Women's Shelter 'Mary's House'
    1163 Howell Avenue​​​​​​​
    Brooksville, FL 34601
    (352) 799-2912 ext. 109

Hillsborough County partners with the following organizations to provide cold weather shelters:

  • Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 W. Platt St., in Tampa
    Location available at 6 p.m. for adults
    Phone: (813) 253-5388
  • Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road in Town 'N Country
    Opens at 6 p.m. for adults and their pets
    Phone: (813) 554-5004
  • Wimauma Senior Center, 5714 North St. in Wimauma
    Opens at 6 p.m. for adults
    Phone: (813) 671-7672
  • Metropolitan Ministries, 2106 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
    This location is where families can get motel vouchers
    After-hours phone: (813) 209-1077
  • Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
    Location available for adults
    After-hours phone: (813) 226-0055

People who need transportation to one of the shelters can call the Sunshine Line between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. A limited number of pet supplies will be available at the pet-friendly shelter. All pets must be leashed, and pet owners are strongly encouraged to bring their own crates, food, blankets, and any medication for their pets.

All cold weather shelters are also accepting donations, such as hats, gloves, scarves, socks, blankets, disinfectant wipes and spray, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, disposable cups, coffee, creamer, paper plates, paper towels, plastic utensils, and sugar.