TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – We started out the day cloudy and dry, but rain moved in during the afternoon and evening hours. We still have rain, especially to the south of I-4, but it will begin to dry out overnight. Only a few isolated showers will remain on Wednesday morning.

Tonight is wet, with passing showers. We will begin to dry out around midnight. Temperatures go from cool to chilly, as they sink down into the upper 50s by early Wednesday morning. Wednesday morning we may have a few isolated showers early, but they dry out by the mid morning. Expect a cloudy and cool day, with temperatures warming into the  mild low 70s.

The rain ends not long after sunrise tomorrow. This first system will not bring any cooler air. Highs still reach the low 70s tomorrow afternoon. We are even slightly warmer on Thursday with highs in the mid 70s.

Watch for a few spotty storms Thursday afternoon, but once again, rain chances increase during the overnight hours. The chances for rain on Thursday build late, during the afternoon, and linger into Friday morning. These showers are ahead of a powerful cold front that will bring us temperatures in the 30s and 40s over Christmas Weekend.  We still have a 40% rain chance Friday as a strong cold front passes.

 Once the cold front behind the rain moves through on Friday- colder drier air will move in. That means temperatures will drop during the day on Friday instead of warm up. The morning temperatures could be the warmest we are all day. 

The holiday weekend will be quite cold, with temperatures plunging into the 30s and 40s at night and only warming into the upper 40s during the day. It could be rather cloudy over the weekend as well, making it feel even chillier.

This cool snap lingers through the early part of next week.