Weather alert: Freeze warning in effect for much of Manatee on Thursday night

January 16, 2014 

MANATEE -- A freeze warning is in effect for Thursday night for most parts of the Tampa Bay region, according to the National Weather Service.

"A much colder and drier air mass will advance into all of west-central and southwest Florida today on a blustery northwest wind flow in the wake of a cold front," the National Weather Service said early Thursday. "This colder and driver air mass will support long durations of freezing and sub-freezing temperatures across the Nature Coast and central interior sections of west-central Florida late tonight and early Friday morning."

Not covered by the warning are coastal areas in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties.

The bottom line, you need to bundle up if you're going to the opening night of the Manatee County Fair on Thursday.

"Dressing in layers will protect you better than a single jacket or coat," the Weather Service said.

For Bradenton on Thursday, the Weather Service is calling for sunny skies and a high near 56, with northwesterly winds of 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Thursday night, skies will remain clear with a low around 38, with northwesterly winds of 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Friday morning, wind chills could be as low as 38. Later in the day, skies will be sunny, with a high near 64.

But Saturday's high is only to reach 55, according to the Weather Service forecast.

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