MANATEE -- At 3:30 p.m. today, a massive cold front from Canada had reached East Texas.
The front will begin rolling into Manatee and Sarasota counties Saturday afternoon, lowering temperatures into the 60s as dusk falls, said Mike Clay, a meteorologist with Bay News 9.
This mass of cold air will hit with more force early Sunday morning with temperatures in the 40s and gusty winds.
“We could easily spend all of Sunday in the 50s and that doesn’t happen often,” Clay added.
But the full force of this short-lived cold snap -- part of a winter of short cold snaps and not long spells of cold like the prior two winters -- will be Monday, Clay said.
“Monday will be the coldest,” Clay said. “It won’t be freezing, but it will be in the upper 30s Monday morning. That will be the worst of it. By Monday afternoon, it will begin to warm.”
Valentine’s Day on Tuesday will be lovely.
“By Valentine’s Day this cold snap will be a distant memory,” Clay added.
The cold front also raises some marine concerns, said Todd Barron, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.
“Saturday will present winds for boaters in the 15- to 20-knot range and, early Sunday, the winds will lift to the 20- to 25 knot-range,” Barron added.
Rain changes are just 10 percent Saturday and zero percent Sunday and early next week, Barron added.
Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 6686.