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Quick chill today in Tampa, then cold Thanksgiving blast


Published:   |   Updated: November 27, 2013 at 06:54 AM

Early risers around the Tampa Bay area may not need a sweater this morning, but they will in just a few hours.

A cold front is passing through the region early this morning, ushering much colder air in time for Thanksgiving, News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said.

After a mild morning, strong northerly winds will arrive once skies clear. Temperatures are starting in the mid-60s, but will only climb a couple of degrees this afternoon.

Lows tonight will plunge into the low-30s in northern areas, and the mid- to upper-30s elsewhere, with a Freeze Watch in effect into Thanksgiving morning for Citrus and Hernando counties.

The area is under Small Craft, Lake Wind and High Surf advisories as winds could reach 20 mph at times with stronger gusts.

The cold snap will be short-lived, however, as highs climb back into the mid-70s by Friday — with lows in the low-50s — and approaching 80 this weekend.

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