A storm that is dumping snow and dropping temperatures across much of the country will arrive in the Tampa Bay area tonight, forecasters said.
The storm will bring some rain and wind tonight and then the temperatures will drop –falling into the 20s in areas north of Tampa by Saturday morning, said Brooks Garner, a News Channel 8 meteorologist.
A freeze watch is in affect for Saturday morning in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties, Garner said.
The storm is causing travel problems across the country as people are flying and driving for the holidays.
By afternoon, some delays and cancelations were reported on arriving and departing flights at Tampa International Airport because of weather conditions in other areas of the country. Tornado warnings were issued this morning in Alabama and Mississippi and several inches of snow were expected to drop across the Midwest.
"Thankfully, we're not going to be dealing with that severe weather," Garner said.
Temperatures today will warm into the high 70s and low 80s across the Tampa Bay area. The front will arrive tonight, dropping Friday's low temperatures into the low 50s with high temperatures reaching only the mid-60s.
Saturday morning temperatures will drop into the lower 40s in much of the area with areas to the north seeing temperatures in the low 30s and upper 20s.