Tampa Bay showers could impact Bucs' season opener today

Showers and thunderstorms are moving through the area Sunday, and the rain could impact at least the early tailgating for today's Tampa Bay Buccaneers' season opener at Raymond James Stadium, Bay News 9 reports.

According to Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker, a line of showers and thunderstorms have moved in ahead of a cold front. The rain will continue throughout the morning in parts of the area but could clear out in time for the Bucs' 4:25 p.m. kickoff against the Carolina Panthers.

The storms are moving east, but sagging south, and will pass through Pinellas and Hillsborough counties this morning. The northern parts of Pinellas County already were getting heavy rain at 6 a.m.

"The line will pass through and it's starting to look like, by this afternoon, many of us will dry out," Linker said. "At least temporarily. And then the front is going to stall across the area tomorrow, giving us a renewed chances of showers and storms"

The Bay News 9 weather team has put the chance of rain at 70 percent today and 50 percent tomorrow.

Some of the showers and thunderstorms will be accompanied by frequent lightning and could have gusty winds. A gust of 45 mph at the mouth of Tampa Bay already has been reported this morning.