Break out the jackets and bring in the pets and plants. A cold front is sweeping through Pinellas County. Forecast calls for temperatures to plummet into the 30s tonight and tomorrow night.
The National Weather Service reports that arctic air will be moving into the area behind a strong cold front tonight. This very cold and dry air will allow for freezing temperatures for several hours across northern and central counties.
A high surf advisory and increased rip current risk is in effect until 6 p.m. A small craft advisory is in effect for all coastal waters. Fishermen and other small craft operators are advised to postpone trips until conditions improve.
A wind chill advisory is in effect in Pinellas County from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday with wind chill values as low as 21 to 35 degrees. The lowest temperatures are expected in inland areas close to sunrise. A freeze and hard freeze warning is in effect for northern counties along the Nature Coast and across central Florida to the East Coast.
Dense fog could develop through 8 a.m. Motorists are advised to slow down, use low-beam headlights and maintain a safe following distance.
The forecast high for Tuesday is 49 degrees, dropping to 36 degrees overnight.
Cold night shelters will be open Monday and Tuesday nights. Shelters open at 6 p.m. and close at 6 a.m. People seeking shelter will be served a hot evening meal and breakfast the next morning.
Adult Men and Women
- Clearwater Primary Shelter: Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S. Ft. Harrison Ave.; capacity 75. Church Phone: 727-442-3677.
- Clearwater Back-up Shelter: St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 820 Jasmine Way; capacity 45. Church Phone: 727-447-3494
- Pinellas Park: Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park, 7790 61st St. N.; capacity, 150. Phone: 727-574-5437. Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St. Petersburg will be provided by Boley Inc.
- St. Petersburg: Northwest Presbyterian Church, 6330 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg; capacity 75. Church phone: 727-544-4551.
- St. Petersburg: Salvation Army, 1400 Fourth St. S., capacity 25. Phone: 727-822-4954
- St. Petersburg: The Turning Point, 1810 Fifth Ave. N.; capacity, 25. Phone: 727-823-7811
- Tarpon Springs: St. Timothyís Lutheran Church, 812 E. Tarpon Ave.; capacity 25. Phone: 727-479-2914
Families with children will be placed in motels on cold nights. To arrange for shelter, call Sarah Snyder at 727-424-1355 (cell), 727-528-5761 (office) or Cliff Smith at 727-698-1809 (cell) or 727-893-7627 (office).
Temperatures are forecast to warm up with Wednesdayís high expected to reach around 65 degrees with a low of 59. By Thursday, daytime temperatures are back to 75 degrees with a low of 61. A warm up follows with daytime temperatures reaching the low 80s for the weekend.