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Storm Team Monday morning forecast (12/17/2012)

Posted at 6:56 AM, Dec 17, 2012
and last updated 2019-05-22 18:06:19-04

A cold front is approaching the region late this morning; it’s very warm and muggy ahead of it with only a few showers dotting windshields. Your lunch commute should be easy with temperatures near 70°, mostly cloudy skies. The strongest storms stayed west of us for much of the morning but are fast approaching the tristate area early this afternoon. While the threat is considered "slight", our environment will support winds in excess of 60mph, frequent lightning, heavy rain, small hail and isolated tornadoes. The threat is a bit lower closer to I-75 but everyone should be storm ready through sunset. In terms of timing here’s what we’re thinking; Tristate area: 11am-1pm EST, Thomasville/Tallahassee/St. Marks: 3-5pm EST, Valdosta/Perry/Live Oak/I-75: 5-7pm.EST. The more south and east you go the storms will be considerably weaker. The front is a quick mover and will be east of the region after sunset, clearing the way for a nice looking Tuesday. We’ll have a break between rain makers Tuesday and Wednesday with highs near 70° and more sun. Lows will be cool but not chilly in the 40s and 50s. Thursday, another quick moving storm will bring showers and storms. At this point severe weather doesn’t appear to be a huge issue for us, but stay tuned as the system has yet to develop. I will say it’s becoming more certain that the air behind Thursday’s rain will be much cooler than recent days. Despite mostly sunny skies, highs Friday and the weekend will hardly bump into the 60s with lows in the 30s and 40s.

Be safe and storm ready today!

-Meteorologist Sean Parker