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.
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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.