MANATEE -- Temperatures overnight in Bradenton stayed well above freezing -- although strong northerly winds brought by the "polar vortex made it feel much colder.
Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, it was 51 degrees at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. Northerly winds were at 9 mph, but the National Weather Service was not reporting a wind chill factor.
For Tuesday in Bradenton, the National Weather Service was calling for partly sunny skies, with a high near 50 and north-northeasterly winds of 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tuesday night will be mostly cloudy, with a low about 39 and wind chill values as low as 32, according to the Weather Service.
Wednesday morning could again be chilly, with wind chills again of about 32, but forecasters are calling for a high near 66 as a warming trend quickly develops. By Friday, high temperatures could reach the low 80s.