Thanksgiving Day in Bradenton may be breezy but sunny

MANATEE -- A few thunderstorms in the Tampa Bay region are possible today in advance of a cold front expected to move across the area, according to the National Weather Service.

The front could bring strong winds to Bradenton on Thanksgiving Day.

The storms, which are possible mainly north of Tampa Bay, could bring locally heavy rainfall, brief gusty winds and occasional cloud-to-ground lightning.

For Bradenton, the Weather Service said there was a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1 p.m., with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 81 and southerly winds of 8 mph to 11 mph becoming westerly.

Tonight, forecasters were calling for partly cloudy skies and a low near 61, with north-northwesterly winds of between 13 mph to 16 mph. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph, according to the forecast.

On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, the Weather Service was calling for sunny skies and a high near 77, with strong northeasterly winds of 15 mph to 18 mph. Gusts could hit 24 mph.

Shoppers on Thanksgiving night might want to bundle up a bit. Temperatures were expected to drop to 56, with continuing strong winds from the east and northeast.