Rain to come earlier today in Tampa area
After a week of primarily late-afternoon thunderstorms, the Tampa Bay area will see an increased chance of rain earlier in the day. Skies will be partly cloudy today, with some areas seeing an chance for isolated rain about lunchtime, News Channel 8 meteorologist Leigh Spann said. There is a 50 percent chance of rain, with another round of scattered showers and possible downpours this afternoon, tapering off tonight. Although Chantal is no longer an organized tropical system, it will bring increased moisture and possible tropical downpours this weekend as it turns north and approaches the state.