Freeze warnings, wind chill advisories issued for Florida

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While the Tampa Bay area didn’t see any of the snow that sprinkled Tallahassee, we’ll still see our share of wintry temperatures.  Freeze warnings and wind chill advisories were issued late Wednesday for all of Central Florida.

Wednesday night will be the area’s coldest in nearly a year, FOX 13 meteorologist Lindsay Milbourne warned.  The northern Bay Area counties will see a hard freeze, and a wind chill advisory will go into effect for the whole area at 10 p.m.

Wednesday morning’s cold front dropped snow and ice across northern Florida, closing a stretch of Interstate 10 and slowing traffic along many highways.  That same system is expected to head up the East Coast, dumping up to a foot of snow and leaving brutally cold temperatures behind.

“I tell you, there’s more cold air to come,” FOX 13 Chief Meteorologist Paul Dellegatto warned. “The flow around that storm will give us some very strong winds for at least another day or two.”

Wednesday night, lows in most of the Bay Area will remain in the 30s.  But Thursday night, a wide swath of Central Florida could see temperatures dip into the 20s.

“Typically, it is the second night after a cold front that is our coldest night.  So this is not going to be our coldest night,” Paul added.  “We’ve got a ways to go.”

LINK: Tampa Bay area weather forecast