Cool front coming Saturday

If you're going boating Friday, bundle up. It's only expected to reach 58 degrees and it will be gusty at times. 

Admit it, you were fooled this week thinking winter was over and beach weather was here again.

Not hardly. Citrus County and the rest of the Tampa Bay region could see some of the coldest air of the season Monday and Tuesday. Parts of inland Citrus could see patchy frost when they wake up Tuesday.

“Monday night into Tuesday is going to be the coldest,” said Rodney Wynn, meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS).

Saturday and Sunday look nice, with highs in the mid 70s. But then the deep freeze (Florida-style) sets in. Here’s what the National Weather Service (NSW) is forecasting for Citrus County to start next week:

High near 60 degrees Monday with lows plummeting to 34 overnight. Whether Citrus County gets frost depends on how dry the air is behind the front, Wyn said.

Tuesday should reach 56 under sunny skies. But Tuesday morning, the NWS is forecasting lows around 34. Wednesday should see a gradual warm-up with 63 for a high. Thursday, it’s back in the lower 70s.

Wyn said there’s not much rain headed our way. The greatest chance will be 50 to 60% Sunday morning, he said.

In anticipation of the cold snap, the Salvation Army will open its cold weather shelter Monday at 712 South School Ave. in Lecanto. The shelter will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, people wanting to go to the shelter can go to either the Family Resource Center in Hernando (at the corner of U.S. 41 and County Road 486) or the Winn-Dixie in Homosassa (the corner of U.S. 19 and Grover Cleveland Boulevard) for a one-time pickup at 6 p.m. and the county’s transit system will transport them to the Salvation Army at no cost.

For more information about the shelter, call (352) 513-4960.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or mbates@chronicleonline.com.

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