Commuters will have to deal with slight rain and wet roads early Wednesday morning as a cold front moves through the Tampa Bay area, generating brisk winds and cooler temperatures ahead of a pleasant Valentine's Day.
The front brought a line of overnight storms that generated wind gusts of 40 mph in some areas and widespread rain — the strongest of which has moved inland as the front sinks to the south and east, according to the National Weather Service.
What remains for the bay area — and folks heading to watch the Rays pitchers and catchers in their first spring training workout in Port Charlotte — are lingering showers that will gradually clear from the north starting this afternoon and continuing throughout the day, eventually bringing clearing skies and drier air overnight.
Wake-up temperatures are starting off in the low 60s, and highs will barely inch up a couple of degrees as the front moves through, with cool northeasterly winds that will drive up rip current risks, forecasters said.
Residents on Thursday will wake up to temperatures in the upper 40s, but highs will quickly warm to the mid 70s under partly cloudy skies and gentle breezes from the east.
The warming trend will continue through the weekend, forecasters said, with a chance of rain on Saturday.
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