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Folks who are bemoaning this very un-Florida-like blast of Arctic air can take heart.

A wind chill advisory is in effect for the entire Tampa Bay area, and a freeze warning is up for most of the area, as temperatures are expected to drop into the low to mid 30s tonight into Wednesday morning.

As a result, cold weather shelters are set to open in a number of places.

The coldest air mass in two years has engulfed the Florida peninsula, and subfreezing temperatures or wind chills are possible as far south as the Everglades by Wednesday morning.

More than four million Floridians are likely to experience a freeze over the next two nights, including rural areas of Southwest Florida by Wednesday morning. The cold spell follows a week of abnormal warmth in the Sunshine State, when more than a dozen record highs were tied or broken.

Record-breaking warmth experienced this week in Florida is likely to be replaced by colder-than-normal temperatures early next week. Multiple freezes are even possible across the northern third of the state, as arctic air surges in behind a strong cold front over the weekend.

Hurricane-force winds, blizzard conditions, heavy snowfall — and a "bomb cyclone" on the West Coast: Those are the dire predictions of weather forecasters, who are warning Thanksgiving travelers to be cautious and prepare for delays as two powerful back-to-back storms hit the western and central U.S. this week.

An Arctic Front is on the Way to Florida This Week

Nov 11, 2019

An arctic front will send freezing temperatures deep into the Southeast this week, including portions of the Florida Panhandle by Wednesday morning. The front’s arrival Tuesday will be marked by showers or even a brief thunderstorm, followed by a 20-degree temperature drop within just a few hours.

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

A strong cold front is slated to sweep through the state this weekend, dropping temperatures in the Tampa Bay area into the 30s by Monday morning.

There's the possibility that some spots north of Tampa will experience a freeze.

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

The National Weather Service expects local temperatures to dip below 40 degrees, with an even colder wind chill predicted for the Tampa Bay area Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

In Florida, it's raining iguanas. And in Cape Cod, Mass., sharksicles are washing ashore.

The unusual cold that has slammed the U.S. East Coast is wreaking havoc with wildlife, particularly the cold-blooded variety. As one no doubt remembers from grade-school science class, reptiles and fish take heat from their environment — when it is warm enough, all is well, but if it gets too cold, you can expect scenes like this.

Cold temperatures are breaking records in many parts of the country, bringing snow to Northern Florida, and sending a chill down the entire peninsula. And mosquitoes aren't too fond of the winter weather. 

As Florida experiences unusually cold temperatures and even snow in some parts, wildlife officials are keeping a close eye on vulnerable manatees and sea turtles.

National Weather Service

The Arctic blast sweeping much of the country brought wind-chill warnings and the threat of frost as far south as Fort Lauderdale, where homeless shelters opened their doors for people hoping to escape the cold.

As we bundle up for the chilly weather we're experiencing, you may want to do the same for your plants.


Arctic Blasts Arrive With The New Year

Jan 1, 2018
FPREN

While 2017 may have been the warmest year on record in Florida, the start of 2018 is proving to be frigid.

A freeze is likely in portions of the Sunshine State each of the first seven mornings of the new year, with multiple hard freezes in a row possible north of Interstate 4.  The brutal air mass that cancelled New Year’s Eve celebrations in dozens of states could send subfreezing temperatures as far south as Lake Okeechobee by week’s end.

Pasco and Citrus counties are opening shelters because of Friday night's expected cold weather.

Joining Hands Missions at 3333 US Hwy 19 North in Holiday will be open for individuals. Pasco County officials say families can contact United Way for more information at 211.

The Salvation Army in Citrus County is opening a shelter at 712 South School Avenue in Lecanto.

Temperatures north of the Tampa Bay area are expected to drop Friday night into the low to mid 30s.

Shelters Open As Colder Weather Arrives

Jan 18, 2016
National Weather Service

Cold weather shelters are open across the Tampa Bay area as some of the coldest air of this season arrives. 

The National Weather Service in Ruskin reports lows will be in the upper 30s and low 40s from Lee County north throughout the Tampa Bay region. Freeze warnings are in effect for Wednesday morning for Hernando, Citrus and Levy counties.

Big Chill on the Way for All of Florida

Feb 18, 2015

The coldest air of the winter season is poised to plummet south Wednesday night in the wake of an arctic cold front and stick around through Friday morning. The wind chill factor (what it will feel like) will have the greatest impact Wednesday night, falling to the 30's all the way to Miami.