Forecast: Strong storms possible today

8:08 AM, Dec 11, 2012   |    comments
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The frontal boundary that is helping to bring storms to the area is now over the Tampa region.  It will meander across the area through late Wednesday into early Thursday before sinking southward for the rest of the week.  This means we will be unsettled today and tomorrow. Today will start nicely with some sun after the fog burns off, then clouds thicken and we see storms roll across the area.  Some of these storms could be strong with gusty winds the main threat, but isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

Rain will be on and off overnight, but it will be more widespread and even heavy at times tomorrow.  Some localized flooding is possible.  The rain tapers off late Wednesday and Thursday will be drier and slightly cooler.

The air behind the front is very nice, with highs only dropping back to the mid 70s with plenty of sunshine.

Today:  Some fog then partly sunny. Clouds thicken after lunch with scattered showers and storms.  Some storm will be strong with gusty winds and even an isolated tornado is possible.  Rain chance is 60%.  Winds will be SE-SW 10 mph with highs in the upper 70 to near 80.

Tonight: On and off rain with an occasional thunderstorm.  Rain chance 50% and winds SW 5 mph.

Wednesday: Widespread rain, heavy a times with highs in the low to mid 70s.  Winds will blow SW-NW late.  Rain chance is 80%.

Meteorologist Bobby Deskins