Forecast: Chilly few nights before weekend warm-up

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Tuesday morning was already a chilly one for much of Central Florida, and it’s just the beginning.  A freeze watch was been issued for northern parts of the Tampa Bay area ahead of the coldest night yet this fall.

FOX 13 meteorologist Brittany Rainey says the temperature in Tampa will be below normal today, then dip down to 43 early Wednesday as Florida experiences the tail end of a cold front that’s dumping snow across the northern U.S.  

Further north, Brooksville could be as low as 35. And a freeze watch has been issued for Sumter and inland Citrus counties.

“It’s definitely going to be a chilly start to your Wednesday,” Rainey offered. “Get out the jackets and knee-high boots. We’ll have a couple of days to enjoy it before it’s back in the 80s.”

Temperatures won’t rebound much during the day Wednesday, and Thursday morning will be in the low 40s again.  Then, a gradual warmup will get temperatures back to normal for the weekend.

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