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A chilly drip of winter

A cool rain has moved into the Tampa Bay area and likely will stay much of the week.

Ever want to live in Seattle?

Tampa Bay residents this week will get a dose of life in the Pacific Northwest, with intermittent rain and cool temperatures.

A low-pressure system from the northwest Gulf of Mexico has stalled south of Fort Myers and Naples, bringing rain and cool weather to the Tampa Bay area.

"It's going to be very consistent," said meteorologist Dan Sobien of the National Weather Service in Ruskin. "It's not going to be real cold and it's not going to be real warm, and we'll have periods of rain in between."

Forecasters expect a brief reprieve from the rain today, but they're calling for a 30 percent chance of showers Wednesday night through Saturday, with lows in the 50s to highs nearing 70 degrees.

It's too soon to predict weekend conditions, but forecasters say rain is possible for several hours at a time Saturday.

If your plans include Tampa's annual Gasparilla invasion and parade Saturday, an umbrella may come in handy.

"It'll be off and on, so it might miss the parades," Sobien said.

While the stalled front should keep things wet through the week, another low-pressure front will arrive from Texas on Friday, bringing yet more showers.

About 1.43 inches of rain fell in January, below the normal rain level of 1.99 inches for the month.

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