Two cold fronts are moving into the Tampa Bay area this week, bringing topsy-turvy temperatures over the next several days.
The first front brought rain and high winds to most of the area early this afternoon ahead of the cooldown. Our lows tonight and tomorrow will be in the 40's, with colder weather to the north.
The second front, which is expected early next week, could bring even colder weather to the Bay Area -- lows flirting with freezing in Tampa.
This comes as the season's first major snowstorm moves across the northern part of the United States. FOX 13's Paul Dellegatto pointed out there was a 111-degree temperature difference between Tampa and International Falls on Thursday morning.
The brunt of the snowstorm is expected to move into parts of New England and New York on Thursday night, with some areas seeing highs of just above zero.
As much of the Northeast braced for a white-out, travelers at Tampa International Airport were left seeing red. TIA weathered more than 180 delays on Thursday, as the winter storm system grounded planes at major airline hubs.
Tampa International reported more than 20 cancellations in addition to the delays. Airport officials say bad weather at hubs in Chicago and New York were backing up flights across the country.
Many travelers were trying to head home after a warm holiday in the Bay area. Turns out, trading snow for sunshine wasn't all that easy.
"It actually looks like we're two hours delayed, at least. Each time we check it seems like we're getting pushed further and further out," said Nick Kofahl, who was trying to head home to Colorado with his family on Thursday.
The travel forecast for Friday doesn't look much more forgiving. Airport officials recommend checking with your airline for possible delays or cancellations before heading out the door.
By this weekend, highs are expected to be back into the 70's -- until the next front moves in Tuesday.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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