Weather alert: Cold front targets Bradenton, rest of Tampa Bay

March 1, 2013 

Conditions in the Bay area are about to get a lot colder.

A cold front will begin its push into Florida later today, bringing colder air for the weekend ahead.

According to Bay News 9 Meteorologist Brian McClure, the cold air will work its way south beginning Friday but the coldest air will be felt by Sunday.

"We will see probably some of the coldest air of the season," McClure said.

In Bradenton, it was forecast to reach 64 on Friday, with northwesterly winds of 13 to 15 mph and gusts of up to 22 mph.

Friday night, there is a slight chance of rain before 1 a.m. Otherwise, skies will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 49, according to the National Weather Service.

On Saturday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m. Skies will be cloudy, with a high near 63 and northwesterly winds of 10 to 15 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph. Gusts could reach 30 mph, according to the Weather Service.

The forecast low Saturday night is 45, with a 20 percent chance of rain.

Sunday, skies will become partly sunny, with a low near 63 and a low around 47. Winds will remain strong, according to the Weather Service.

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