Sure, it's nice now — but get read for a cold, windy, wet Wednesday

Early morning fog has burned off and temperatures are pleasant enough now, but a cold front moving through Tampa Bay tonight will mean a raw, windy Wednesday.

"We're also going to have a good chance of rain," Bay News 9 Meteorologist Juli Marquez said.

Monday kicked off the work week with brief, heavy showers, but Tuesday's rain chance for most of Tampa Bay was only 30 percent. By Wednesday, that will increase to 70 percent. And where Tuesday topped out in the high 70s, Wednesday will only reach the high 50s.

Across the southeast and even into Florida's panhandle, bands of freezing rain and ice will slam travellers through Wednesday.

Things will start to look up, if only incrementally, by Thursday.

That morning will still be chilly and breezy for Tampa Bay, Marquez said, but temperatures will creep into the 60s and the rain chance will drop to 40 percent.

And here's the truly good news: by Friday, we should see sunny skies and highs in the low to mid-70s.

The sun rises over the St. Petersburg waterfront Tuesday morning.

SCOTT KEELER | Times

The sun rises over the St. Petersburg waterfront Tuesday morning.

Sure, it's nice now — but get read for a cold, windy, wet Wednesday 01/28/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 2:15pm]

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