Posted: 6:03 am Sunday, January 8th, 2017
By Ann Kelly
It’s been a while, but we’re under that wind chill advisory until 1o am, and that’s for all of the Bay area. It can feel like anywhere from 19 to 35 degrees so please make sure you’re dressing warmly and that pets that normally spend time outdoors have a warm place to spend time. You’ll also want to keep an eye on those overhead traffic messaging boards for wind advisories for areas like the Sunshine Skyway. And if you’re brave enough for a chilly walk on the beach be careful. You’ll see the rip current advisory signs flying.
Cold weather shelters also opened last night and at this time are scheduled to be open in Pinellas County again tonight, as well as Pasco County For more information on cold weather shelter operation for other counties, click here for Hillsborough, Hernando, Manatee and Sarasota. Donations of warm clothing and food are always welcome by groups like the Salvation Army, Metropolitan Ministries and many others.
Local pet shelters can also use a helping hand with blankets, towels and food. See what Pinellas County Animal Services, The Suncoast Animal League, PetPals, Hillsborough County Animal Services, Pasco County Animal Services and Hernando County Animal Services need.
We’re also going to be dealing with some world-class traffic issues today and tomorrow as things ramp up for the College Football National Championship game in Tampa Monday night. From our friends at 10 News WTSP, take a look at some options to avoid the worst of it. And don’t forget those free Uber rides that AT&T will pick up the tab for. You’ll need to be patient since a lot of visitors will also be taking advantage of it. Use the Uber app and request “FOOTBALL” anytime between 11 am – 7 pm today through Monday within the Tampa city limits. Some riders even to get us a Samsung tablet on game day. If you have a group that’s reaching out to help others in our community please let us know here and share those links.