Severe weather might hit Bradenton this weekend

The Bay News 9 weather team is watching a developing area of low pressure that will probably bring rain to the Bay area this weekend and presents a small chance of severe weather.

Although forecasts place Florida in a "slight risk of severe thunderstorms" zone for Saturday night, Bay News 9 chief meteorologist Mike Clay cautions that it's too early to gauge the threat.

"Much can change between now and then," he said. "This is Florida in April, not Oklahoma. It is very difficult for us to get everything to come together this time of year for severe weather; that's why April is normally dry. But this isn't an all-or-nothing type event. We will get some rain, thunderstorms, and windy weather this weekend. The question is, will it be severe?"

Still, Clay acknowledged that "the dynamics are coming together for a line of severe thunderstorms to cross the state." He said the system is just coming into the Pacific Northwest and the best chance for strong thunderstorms is Saturday night into early Sunday morning."

Bay News 9 meteorologist Juli Marquez said that after a period of dry weather and lower humidity, the chance of rain has returned to the Bay area. A few scattered showers are likely today, although most of the area will stay dry, with high temperatures again in the mid 80s.

The possibility of showers will continue through the rest of the work week."There's a lot more rain out in the Gulf of Mexico, and some of that will be moving toward the state," Marquez said. "So we'll even have a chance of seeing some scattered showers tonight and some showers and even a couple of thunderstorms through Friday. But the overall rain chances are going to be about 30 to 40 percent.

"Over the weekend, we're going to be watching a developing area of low pressure that's going to be moving across the northern gulf toward our state, and that could bring us some more significant weather for the weekend."