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First Alert 4-to-Go Forecast: Few morning showers Thursday, heavy rain this weekend

Here's what to expect for the next 4 hours
Posted at 5:54 AM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 07:15:01-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Here's your forecast for the next four hours:

Good Wednesday morning!

It's a good idea to have the umbrella with you Thursday morning. Few popup showers will be moving into the region from the Gulf of Mexico this morning and into the early afternoon. These are more scattered than anything. So there will be dry time. Showers should exit the area after the lunch hour. Otherwise expect a warm and cloudy afternoon with a good breeze.

Our attention shifts to the weekend, where a line of showers and storms will begin to inch up into the area.

The Storm Prediction Center has a general thunderstorm risk for the local area late Thursday and early Friday, with isolated severe storms in the region on New Year's Day. These stronger storms can reach the Big Bend Friday morning and afternoon. The areas that have the best chance to see the heavy rain Friday will be the western counties. Everybody will get rain on Saturday.
The cold front is expected to slow down and meander somewhere around the state line region, which would create prolonged times of steady rain and occasionally heavier downpours. This pattern would support rain accumulations over two inches in some areas, with locally higher amounts possible. A few cases of local flooding are possible through late Saturday.

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