TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A strong cold front will pass though the Tampa Bay area on Sunday. It will bring a band of showers and possibly a few thunderstorms through.

With the big Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Philadelphia Eagles playoff game scheduled for 1 p.m., the timing of this front is critical because it could impact the game at Raymond James Stadium.

The timing of the downpours moving in is becoming more clear.

“A lot of the models are now trending the rain earlier and earlier in the day,” Meteorologist Leigh Spann said Friday morning.

The latest forecast calls for the downpours to already be decreasing by 11 a.m. with the heaviest rain expected in the morning.

“Having said that, you can get a light passing shower during the game, sort of behind the cold front,” Spann explained. “It’s going to be drying out, it’s just also going to be very gusty so you’ll need some cold weather gear.”

Unfortunately, even as we are drying out, the weather will still present some uncooperative elements for game day, Southwesterly winds between 12-17 mph with gusts between 20-30 mph. With breezy conditions, the game could be uncomfortably cool at times. Temperatures will be dropping down through the 60s during the game.

Our team of Max Defender 8 meteorologists are keeping a close eye on Sunday’s forecast and will update this story throughout the week as we get closer to game day.

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