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Storm Team Friday morning forecast (2/22/2013)

Posted at 7:12 AM, Feb 22, 2013
and last updated 2019-05-22 18:08:23-04

We’re experiencing a vastly different morning, temperatures are in the low 60s with an abundance of moisture in the air; in other words, it’s muggy! We can thank an approaching cold front that will slide eastward and park over the region this afternoon and evening bringing periods of heavy rain with embedded thunderstorms to the area. Today’s rain will mainly be west of Tallahassee, Thomasville & Moultrie. Flooding is a growing concern west of the Apalachicola River where flash flood watches have already been posted. Expected rain totals are still in the 4-8” range across extreme southeast Alabama, interior southwest Georgia, and central Panhandle. This will put a heavy strain on already swollen rivers and low lying areas. Amounts mentioned in this discussion are averages and could easily double if training thunderstorms pour relentless rain over the same area. Meanwhile, lesser totals are expected in the central and eastern parts of the area, mainly in the 2-4” range through Tuesday. Cloud cover across the region will keep the severe threat to a minimum today and tomorrow. Highs will reach into the mid and upper 70s Friday and Saturday with morning lows in the low to mid 60s. Sunday is your day to get a break in the rain action, only a small rain chance exists for areas along and south of I-10 Sunday afternoon. The messiness continues Sunday night as another area of low pressure develops in the Gulf of Mexico, drifts north bringing with it more rain. This is the day Tallahassee will see the most rain and it also comes with a threat of severe weather in the afternoon. The specific threats are unclear at this point, but we should know more by Saturday morning. Afterward, the reward is cooler weather and clear skies come late Tuesday!

- Storm Team Intern Meteorologist Brandon Daly