MANATEE — Friday was a wet, soppy mess and today is expected to bring more of the same.
An area of low pressure developing along a stalled frontal boundary was the recipe to deal most of the state with constant rain.
Totals of 1 to 3 inches of rain through today were expected, with higher amounts in isolated areas, according to the National Weather Service.
Nine Florida counties, including Manatee, were under a flood watch most of the day Friday through this afternoon.
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Residents in flood-prone areas and those living near small streams and creeks were advised by the weather service to be prepared to move to higher ground if flooding was observed, and to take action to protect property.
Today’s forecast called for more showers, including possible thunderstorms up until 4 p.m., with a high temperature around 68 degrees and wind gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.
Skies are expected to clear up by this evening, but bundle up. Lows in the upper-40s are forecast.
The weather forced the cancellations of a few local events today.
The City of Bradenton called off the Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will resume next Saturday.
The Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto canceled its holiday open house scheduled for today. However, it will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. for puppy hugging, and the gift shop will be open at the administration building.