ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Showers and thunderstorms, some of which could be strong to severe, are poised to sweep across Tampa Bay later Friday.
The season's strongest push of cold air yet also is bringing snow for places not used to the flakes, including South Texas and locations near the Gulf coast. Our precipitation this side of the front will stay liquid and there's a good bet for a rumble or two of thunder.
All of Tampa Bay is under a slight risk for severe weather by the Storm Prediction Center late this afternoon and evening. You can feel it: the air ahead of the front is warm and muggy -- this is the fuel necessary for later storms.
They're forecast to pop along a frontal boundary as it pushes through central Florida and the Bay Area. Locations underneath any one of those storms will pick up a good amount of rain in no time. Localized flooding will be possible where heavier storms develop.
But a heads up -- there could be a few instances of damaging wind gusts and a tornado or two with any of the stronger storms.
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Don't expect much in the way of rainy weather Friday afternoon -- the commute should be a smooth drive.
However, conditions could worsen into the evening -- especially into the late evening hours. One forecast model shows showers and storms developing over the Gulf before moving into Tampa Bay. Again, it's possible some of these storms could be on the stronger end.
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