Wintry blast leaves Bradenton area all but frozen

rdymond@bradenton.comMarch 4, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Don't forget to send the kids off with a jacket Monday morning.

As of 9 a.m., it was 50 degrees at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, with a northeasterly breeze making it feel more like 47.

The expected high Monday was 64, with sunny skies and north-northeasterly winds of 7 to 9 mph.

Monday night, forecasters called for clear skies and a low around 43.

Tuesday, the high temperature was expected to reach 77.

A mini-cold front with possible showers will pop in Wednesday, dragging the mercury back down into the upper 60s.

On Sunday, when the high temperature reached only 56 -- but a strong breeze making it feel much colder -- Pirates baseball fans at McKechnie Field looked more like football fans in Pittsburgh, bundled up in stocking caps, jackets, and blankets.

Vendors were doing a brisk business in hot chocolate, but the ice cream man said it was his slowest day of the year.

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