Rain, storms forecast to hit Manatee this afternoon

Showers and possibly thunderstorms are forecast for Manatee County this afternoon, in advance of a cold front moving through the region.

The National Weather Service said rain is likely after 2 p.m. today.

The forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 79 and south-southwesterly winds of between 16 and 23 mph, with gusts of up to 32 mph. The chance of rain is 60 percent, with rainfall amounts of between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight, there is a slight chance of showers before 2 a.m.., with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 65.

Wednesday's forecast calls for sunny skies and a high near 76, with northwesterly winds of between 7 and 10 mph.