Scattered storms Thursday; flood watch continues


Good Thursday friends, Chief Meteorologist Jim Van Fleet here tracking the next round of thunderstorms due in through the morning and afternoon on Thursday.

Expect very heavy rain and frequent cloud to ground lightning within these storms. An additional 1-4" could add to flooding concerns in already over-saturated areas. Skies will be mostly cloudy to partly cloudy when it is not raining, with high temps generally in the mid to upper 80's. Like the last couple day,s breaks in the rain and some sunshine are expected throughout a good part of the day Thursday too. It is not expected to be rain all day from sunrise to sunset.

Weather forecast

The Flood Watch in effect for Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties has been extended through Thursday evening. A flood warning continues for the Anclote River in Elfers through Friday evening.

Models are increasing rain chances as we head into the weekend. A low redeveloping in the Gulf could once again bring flooding rains this weekend. At this point we are forecasting a solid 70%-80% chance of rain for the weekend and Monday. We will track this weather pattern as it looks like it may finally break somewhere between Tuesday - Wednesday. Keep checking back as some changes are possible to the long range Forecast, but this very well may be the break we have all been hoping for to give us a chance to dry out for a little while.

Severe flooding around Pasco, July 28

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