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Storm Team Friday evening forecast (01/06/2017)

Hard freeze watch (01/08/2017)
Posted at 5:00 PM, Jan 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-06 12:25:52-05

MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) -- From the Storm Team Weather Center ...

Upper-level clouds have reduced the amounts of sunshine near the coast, Areas of rain are likely throughout the region tonight, with a chance for a few thunderstorms contained in the coastal zones.  Isolated cases of those storms can produce damaging winds or a waterspout in the Suwannee River valley late tonight until the colder air surges in early in the morning.  Saturday high temperatures are likely to be achieved early in the morning, then temperatures will fall toward 40° and recover only slightly to the mid 40s as the sky clears.  Breezy conditions Saturday will keep feels-like values in the 30s, then nighttime temps will fall below freezing, into the mid to upper 20s, in many areas away from the beach.  Sunday features sunshine and chilly air lingering as winds relax.  A noticeable warming trend starts Monday afternoon and pushes temps back above average by the middle of the week.

In anticipation of the sub-freezing temperatures Sunday morning and the prolonged duration of such conditions, the National Weather Service office in Jacksonville has issued a Hard Freeze Watch for Suwannee, Hamilton, Echols, and Clinch counties.  Sunday morning temperatures in the mid and upper 20s will be common across interior counties, not just in the Suwannee Valley.