Brisk winds are kicking up throughout the Tampa Bay area as a cold front passes through, dropping temperatures and setting the stage for quite a chilly night.
The cool spell will be short-lived, however, once the front — which has brought snow to some southern areas and an arctic blast to much of the country — crosses to the south.
Much of the area is under Small Craft and Lake Wind Advisories, and a Gale Warning is in effect for Pasco, Citrus and Hernando counties until this afternoon as winds with gusts up to 30 mph this morning blanket the region, News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said.
Today’s high will only reach around 70 this afternoon, with extra clouds and those winds making it feel even cooler.
The coldest air will arrive tonight as the clouds will clear and winds die down tonight. Lows will drop to the low-50s — and mid-40s in some areas.
Once the cold air behind the front passes, highs on Thursday will climb to the upper-70s, and back into the low-80s Friday with a 50 percent chance of rain heading into the weekend.