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Bundle up: Cold snap is working its way to Florida

MANATEE -- Don’t put away the heavy jackets just yet -- a blast of Canadian air is rolling through Manatee County, bringing with it cold and windy conditions.

Weather forecasters have issued a hard freeze warning for the early morning hours Tuesday for most of west central and southwest Florida.The National Weather Service’s warning goes into effect from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The weather service predicts temperatures in the low 30s inland and east of Interstate-75. Forecasters predicted as much as seven or eight hours of below-freezing temperatures, said Logan Johnson, a meterologist who works in the Ruskin office of the National Weather Service.

“East of I-75, temperatures will fall as low as 25 degrees, near Myakka City and in eastern Manatee County,” said Johnson today. “It will have durations of three to four hours, perhaps, below 27 degrees, with the potential for agricultural damage tonight.”

The cold, windy weather is relelated to a weather pattern that wreaked havoc over the weekend along the eastern seaboard and in the northeastern U.S., where air travelers by the thousands were stranded due to various forms of inclement weather.

The flight boards at area airports were dotted with cancellations and delays due to harsh weather in the Northeast.By 3 p.m. today, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport continued to report cancellations for JetBlue flights between here and JFK Airport in New York and JetBlue flights to and from Boston, according to

By 3 p.m., Tampa International Airport reported cancellations on flights to and from New York’s JFK Airport and between Tampa and Boston.

There will also be a lake wind advisory in place for today as winds come from the northwest at about 15 mph with gusts that could reach more than 35 mph.