Two low pressure systems line up to dump rain on Fla.
After a relatively rain-free week, Tampa Bay is looking at a potentially soggy weekend.
The National Weather Service said a large area of low pressure near Cuba is sending storms rolling in from the east coast. They are expected to bring intermittent showers throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Increased moisture, streaming in from the south, will help fuel the cloud cover and enhance chances for rain through the weekend and into early next week, 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Ashley Batey said.
Beginning at 10 a.m. today, there will be a 30 percent chance of rain until after 2 p.m., when chances increase to 40 and 50 percent, jumping to 60 to 70 percent between 5 and 8 p.m.
“With this kind of flow, it usually quiets down overnight for the Tampa Bay area,” said Rodney Wynn, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
At that point, the Tampa Bay area should keep a wary eye on the large low pressure system, which is forecast to move north and could form into a tropical system.
According to the National Weather Service, the large area of clouds has a 40 percent chance of developing into a tropical system in the next two days as it makes its way toward Florida’s east coast on Saturday.
The system is forecast to produce locally heavy rainfall in South Florida, and could result in increased rain chances across Tampa Bay next week if it develops further. The weather service’s Wynn expects the lowpressure front to move on by Monday.
But another system, in the northeastern Caribbean, is expected to move to the northwest. It has a 20 percent chance of development over the next five days.
Come Sunday, there will be a 50 percent chance of storms by 2 p.m. until it quiets down to 30 percent about 8 p.m.
Monday will bring more precipitation with a 30 to 50 percent chance of rain, though Tuesday will likely be drier.