Freeze watches issued across Tampa Bay ahead of holiday weekend

In other words, it's going to be a cold Christmas.

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click to enlarge Possible temps for Saturday morning. - Image via NWS
Image via NWS
Possible temps for Saturday morning.
Pants, beanies, gloves, and maybe even Uggs, will be on the agenda this weekend in Tampa Bay.

According to the the National Weather Service, a line of showers is expected to come through Tampa Bay Friday morning, with temps steadily dropping throughout the day and into the weekend. In other words, it's going to be a cold Christmas, with highs in the upper-40s for most of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

A hard freeze watch will be in effect for Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties from Friday through Saturday morning, says the NWS. These areas could possibly see below freezing temps, with lows in the mid-twenties.

A freeze watch is also in place for Hillsborough, Polk, Highlands, Hardee and inland Manatee counties, starting Friday night, where temps should  drop to the low-30s.
Residents in these counties should most definitely bring plants, pets and any other living thing you love indoors.

Pinellas County is not under a freeze watch.

Florida's relatively cold temps come as a large part of the United States, especially the Midwest, experience a dangerous cold front this week, which is expected to bring below freezing temps and impact holiday travel.

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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