Just because the calendar says it’s springtime doesn’t mean Mother Nature got the message.
Forecasters are predicting a blast of winter-like weather to hit Land O’ Lakes over the next few days and this has Pasco County officials concerned. The Office of Emergency Management, in fact, has announced the opening of cold weather shelters overnight Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25-27.
The National Weather Service says the cold front won’t bring temperatures down to freezing, but with the wind chill factor added in it will feel close.
The forecast for Monday night calls for a low around 40 in Land O’ Lakes with an early morning feels-like temperature down around 36 degrees on Tuesday. The high Tuesday is expected to only climb to about 61 degrees. Patchy frost is possible overnight Tuesday with a low around 34 anticipated.
Things stay pretty much the same through Wednesday night, but a warming trend is expected to arrive Thursday with a high of 72 anticipated.
To make sure those without homes or heat have a place to go, Pasco County announced the opening of these shelters in a media release issued March 25:
The Christian Church, 34921 Chancey Road, Zephyrhills
This shelter will open both Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. The shelter accepts families. For more information, call 813-810-8670.
Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Drive, New Port Richey
This shelter plans to open at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27. This shelter does not accept families. For more information, call 727-597-0428.
Holy Ground, 8835 Denton Ave., Hudson
This shelter is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and does accept families.
There are no cold weather shelters in the Central Pasco area.
For a complete look at Land O’ Lakes weather, visit the National Weather Service online.