Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Weather

More rain heading to the Tampa Bay area

More rain was expected to wash over the Tampa Bay area on Friday, threatening outdoor graduation ceremonies and possibly snarling traffic.

A flood watch is in effect for Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties, according to the National Weather Service.

As part of Tampa's Screen on the Green series, the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark was scheduled for Friday night at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. But because of rainy conditions, it has been postponed until June 15.

Bay News 9 meteorologist Brian McClure said the mix of rain showers and thunderstorms coming in from the Gulf of Mexico will not be as heavy as Thursday's downpours.

The chance of rain will decline into the weekend to about 50 percent on Saturday and between 30 and 40 percent for Sunday, McClure said, but it won't stop for long given the rainy season, during which the chance of rain generally remains anywhere between 30 and 50 percent.

As of 11 a.m. Friday, over the past 24 hours, 1.88 inches of rain were reported in downtown Tampa. In downtown St. Petersburg, rain totaled 0.88 inches.

"Rain doesn't stop here until October," McClure said. "We really have a rain chance just about every single day."

In Pinellas, several high schools with outdoor graduations will try Friday to hold their ceremonies, including St. Petersburg High School and Countryside High School.

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