Storms possible Thursday as cold front moves through Tampa Bay region

MANATEE -- A few thunderstorms are possible as a cold front moves across the Tampa Bay region today, according to the National Weather Service.

The main threats from the storms will be locally heavy rainfall, brief gusty winds and occasional cloud-to-ground lightning.

For Bradenton, there was a 50 percent of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m, and then isolated showers between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Forecasters were calling for partly sunny skies and high of 83.

West-southwesterly winds were expected to become north-northwesterly winds of between 13 mph and 16 mph, with gusts of up to 23 mph.

Tonight, forecasters with calling for partly cloudy skies, with a low about 57 and north-northeasterly winds between 11 mph and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

For Friday, forecasters were calling for sunny skies and a high of 79, with east-northeasterly winds between 11 mph and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.

The weekend forecast called for mostly sunny skies, with highs in the low 80s and lows in the mid 60s.