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Cold and windy today; freeze watch tonight in Tampa area


Published:   |   Updated: January 22, 2014 at 07:56 AM

A chilly, windy day will end with near-freezing temperatures in the Tampa Bay area.

After a cool morning, the mercury won’t rise much the rest of the day, with highs in the 50s, the National Weather Service said.

The wind chill — bolstered by northwest winds of 10 to 15 mph and gusts of more than 20 mph — will make it feel much colder, the weather service said. A wind chill advisory is in place for most of the region this morning.

Skies will remain mostly sunny.

The winds will diminish after sundown, but overnight temperatures will drop in the 30s throughout much of the area. Northern Tampa Bay area counties could drop below freezing.

The weather service has issued a freeze watch for all of the Tampa Bay area tonight and Thursday morning.

Thursday will bring a slight warming, with highs in the 60s, but another cold front will again drop temperatures into the 30s.

Emergency cold weather shelters are going to open tonight in Hillsborough and other counties due to the cold.

The facilities are for the homeless and those who live in homes without adequate heat.

The Hillsborough shelters are:

• Brandon Community Center, 510 E. Sadie St., Brandon. Opens at 6 p.m. and is for homeless individuals and families with children. Phone: (813) 635-8179

• Metropolitan Ministries, 2010 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is for families. After hours phone: (813) 209-1077.

• Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is only for adults. After hours phone: (813) 221-4440.

• Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road, Town ’N Country. This shelter opens at 6:30 p.m. and is for adults and families. Phone (813) 554-5064

• Wimauma Community Center, 5705 Hillsborough St., Wimauma. This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for adults and families. Phone (813) 635-3500

Residents are reminded to bring pets inside.

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