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Manatee braces for next cold snap

MANATEE -- Get ready Manatee residents, a cold snap that’s coming in after Christmas is sure to make cheeks nice and rosy as temperatures dip.

Sunday night into Monday morning, it’s going to be in the upper 30s along the coast and in the lower to mid 30s inland. Monday afternoon, the high is expected to be between 55 to 60 with the low in the lower 30s, according to John McMichael of the National Weather Service.

Tuesday should also be about the same with highs between 58 and 60 and lows into the upper 30s and lower 40s.

Wednesday afternoon, things should warm up with highs about 65.

Just as they do every night the temperature falls below 50 the Salvation Army is opening its doors for single men who needs a place to stay the night.

Single women are welcome to stay at the Family Lodge, both facilities are located at 1204 14th St W

On Dec. 12 Gov. Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency and directed the state Department of Transportation to relax the weight, height, length and width restrictions for commercial vehicles transporting crops to processing sites.

The executive order will remain in effect until the end of the year, said Liz Compton, spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture.

“We’ll certainly keep an eye on it,” Compton said. “I know a lot of farmers were harvesting like crazy to get product out.”

Although farmers throughout the state have seen losses due to the recent cold snaps, growers in Manatee County seem to be faring well.

At Mixon Fruit Farms, they have not had much of a loss during the past few weeks but will be paying close attention to the weather in order to protect their product, according to co-owner Dean Mixon.

He said they use space heaters and irrigation to keep their plants from freezing and that they’ll “be here waiting Christmas night,” waiting for the cold to arrive.

Paradise Afshar, Bradenton Herald reporter, can be contacted at 748-0411, ext. 7024.

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