TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Saturday has been declared a First Alert Weather Day by ABC 27 because of the higher possibility for several severe thunderstorms to impact the region.
The Storm Prediction Center revised their severe weather outlook to include an "enhanced" risk for numerous severe thunderstorms along and north of the Interstate 10 corridor. A "slight" risk for severe weather exists for the coastal Big Bend and the southern parts of the Suwannee Valley.
Storms capable of producing damaging winds, a few tornadoes, and large hail are possible Saturday, along with some heavy rainfall. A chance for significantly strong storms causing an isolated strong tornado or very large hail exists within the tri-state region and southwestern Georgia.
A south wind pattern will strengthen Saturday ahead of a strong disturbance that will trigger areas of strong and severe thunderstorms. Locally heavy rain and generally gusty winds will be experienced, with the stronger storms capable of causing damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes. It's still tricky to highlight exactly where these threats will be the highest, but southwestern Georgia and the state line region will need to remain weather-aware Saturday for severe weather-related alerts. While the primary timeframe for severe potential should arrive by tomorrow afternoon and last through the evening as a line of storms passes through, some isolated strong storms from late morning through early afternoon can't be ruled out, especially through SW Georgia.
A clearing trend follows Sunday afternoon with a stretch of warm and dry days ahead.
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