Behind rain tonight, coldest weather of the season - FOX 13 News

Behind rain tonight, coldest weather of the season

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The coldest weather of the season is on the way, with some Bay Area counties looking at freezing temperatures for Thanksgiving.

A cold front is sweeping across the nation, bringing severe weather to parts of the country, including snow, sleet and rain. Severe weather is a possibility for the Tampa Bay area tonight, but behind it should be clear skies and cooler temperatures.

Lows Wednesday and Thursday should be in the high 40s and low 50s, depending on the county.

"This front will basically open up the door for this cool air to head our way over the next couple of days," FOX 13 Meteorologist Jim Weber said Tuesday.

Temperatures are not expected to crack 70 degrees those two days, but it won't last long.  Highs could be back in the 80s this weekend.

Some tornado warnings associated with this front have already been issued in north Florida, and the storm system has already been blamed for at least 11 deaths.

The Bay Area was placed under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.

"As we get into this evening, we may have the potentials for some of those strong winds, storms, and maybe an isolated tornado," Weber said. "When you look at all the ingredients it takes to produce severe weather, we don't have all the ingredients. But we have enough there that we can't rule out some of these isolated events."

Part of this system is moving toward the northeast, meaning travelers in Tampa could see plenty of delays Wednesday. Airlines around the country were already canceling some flights, and that will continue into Wednesday.

From Wednesday to Sunday, about 240,000 travelers will pass through Tampa International Airport. Officials suggest getting to the airport at least an hour and a half early. It is also smart to visit the airport's website prior to leaving to check on a flight status.


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