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Storm Team Thursday evening forecast (02/21/2013)

Posted at 3:34 PM, Feb 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-21 15:34:00-05

Scattered cloud cover this evening will thicken by tomorrow, leading to limited amounts of sunshine, especially for north and western parts of the region.  Overnight lows will be warmer, in the upper 50s, as a result of extra clouds and a surge in Gulf moisture.  Friday, areas along the eastern Big Bend may be able to escape excessive cloudiness ... but a heavy rain threat will materialize over the Panhandle, tri-state, and interior southwest Georgia regions as an approaching cold front begins to stall, creating a focus for widespread rain development with embedded storms.  Highs will range from the lower 70s west to upper 70s southeast.  Rainfall totals may exceed two inches in north and western areas. 

Friday will be the first of several opportunities for substantial rain accumulations and higher flooding risk through early next week.  Flas flood watches will be in effect for southeast Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and interior south Georgia counties.