Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Look for weekend rain, above-normal temperatures in Tampa Bay area

Look for rain, above-normal temperatures

Rain could fall this weekend, but temperatures are expected to remain well above normal. Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik is predicting a 20 percent chance of rain today ahead of a cold front. That system will likely bring heavy showers and possible thunderstorms to the Tampa Bay area early Sunday. "Especially north of Tampa there will be a better chance of storms," Kacmarik said. Temperatures could jump into the 80s today, well above the normal temperature of 70 degrees. Sunday will reach the mid 70s, with overnight lows in the high 50s, after the cold front moves through.

Runners take to the new highway

For more than three years, commuters have watched workers build the connector between Interstate 4 and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. Today, some of them will get a different perspective as they take their one legal chance to run on the highway before it opens to cars and trucks. Runners participating in the 5K will hoof it along the mostly elevated route, getting a great view of McKay Bay, Palmetto Beach, the roadway's highly touted state-of-the-art toll facility and downtown Tampa. But you're out of luck if you aren't already signed up. The 5K has reached capacity and registration is closed.

For new year, new red light cameras

Tampa police said Friday that new red light cameras will start issuing tickets at two more intersections on New Year's Day. The notices of violation, which mean a $158 ticket for the owner of a car caught running the light, will start to be issued for scofflaws going in all four directions at Fowler Avenue and N 30th Street, plus in the westbound left-turn lane on Fowler and the northbound left-turn lane on 30th. Notices of violation also will start out for violations caught by new cameras watching northbound Howard Avenue at W Kennedy Boulevard and eastbound Kennedy at Howard. On Jan. 15, a new camera will go live on the westbound lanes of Hillsborough Avenue at Florida Avenue. With the additions, Tampa will have red light cameras trained on traffic at 22 intersections.

City will collect Christmas trees

The city of Tampa's Christmas tree collection service will run Monday through Jan. 3. Residents should remove all decorations and lights, cut trees into 4-foot sections, then bundle and place them at the curb on their regularly scheduled yard waste collection day. For more information, contact the city's utilities call center at (813) 274-8811 or check tampagov.net/solidwaste.

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