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Chill is here for holiday

MANATEE -- There is no white Christmas in the works for Manatee County, but it may get a little rainy during the evening as a cold front moves in, according to the National Weather Service.

“We have a cold front coming through Sunday and it should drop temperatures down by Sunday night into Monday into the mid-30s,” said metrologist Tyler Fleming.

He said the rain should stop by Sunday morning, with the high in the mid-50s. Going into Monday morning, the low is expected to be in the low 30s, according to Fleming.

As the front passes through, Monday will have a high temperature in the lower 50s and Tuesday will be a little warmer with highs in the lower 60s and lows in the lower 40s.

The cold snap is expected to be over by Wednesday when the high temperatures climb back into the upper 60s and the low is expected to be in the mid-40s.

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.