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Cold front scoots into Tampa Bay area after storms, heavy rain

Cool temperatures and clearer skies are headed to the Tampa Bay area after heavy rains drenched much of the region Saturday and early Sunday.

A tornado watch for much of the state, indicating that conditions were ripe for a funnel to form, was canceled Sunday morning with no reports of any twisters. But a high surf advisory remained in effect.

And although it got warm Sunday — around 80 degrees — a cold front is on the way that will sharply drop temperatures to a high of only 73 today, according to Bay News 9.

Temperatures will dip into the low 50s in some locations Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Partly cloudy skies are forecast for today, which will clear up by Tuesday.

Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik said that while the cooler temperatures are out of character for what has been a warm spring, they are typical for late April. The record lows for this time of year are in the 40s.

The storm overnight dropped some small hail and temporarily left thousands of people without electricity.

Over the weekend, Bay News 9 said, rainfall measurements included 1.99 inches in Tampa, 2.62 inches in St. Petersburg, 2.86 inches in Spring Hill and 1.77 inches in Dade City.

Cold front scoots into Tampa Bay area after storms, heavy rain 04/22/12 [Last modified: Sunday, April 22, 2012 11:21pm]
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