MANATEE, Fla. — A mass of frigid air is expected to chill most of west central and southwest Florida Tuesday, and weather forecasters issued a hard freeze warning for the early morning hours.
The National Weather Service’s warning was slated to go into effect from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday, with a hard freeze watch slated to take effect from late Tuesday night through Wednesday morning.
The weather service predicted inland temperatures in the low 30s.
East of Interstate 75, forecasters predicted as much as seven or eight hours of below-freezing temperatures, said Logan Johnson, a meteorologist 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,” Johnson said Monday. “It will have durations of three to four hours, perhaps, below 27 degrees, with the potential for agricultural damage tonight.”
Some inland areas may get readings in the upper teens, a weather service advisory said.
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