- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A massive winter storm making its way across the East Coast has brought windy and cold conditions to much of The Sunshine State.

Cities throughout north and central Florida opened cold weather shelters on Saturday. Temperatures were expected to drop below freezing in some areas overnight Saturday into Sunday.

State highway officials closed Tampa’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge early Saturday because of high winds and forecasters issued rough-water warnings to boaters in that area.

The National Weather Service also issued a wind advisory and freeze warning for normally balmy Orlando.

Ice and snow in other parts of the country forced hundreds of flight cancellations at large airports in Tampa, Miami, and Orlando and at smaller airports throughout the state.

Orlando International Airport officials said about 104,000 passengers were expected to move through the airport on Saturday despite dozens of flight cancellations. Eighty-seven incoming and outgoing flights were canceled on Saturday at the Palm Beach International Airport. As of early Saturday, at least 130 flights were canceled at Miami International Airport.


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