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Storm Team Thursday evening forecast (01/21/2016)

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Posted at 4:15 PM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 11:19:59-05

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

Late-day showers will remain non-severe, just producing periods of steady light to moderate rain action.  It's in the pre-dawn hours of Friday that more-significant thunderstorm activity is set to occur, with a greater chance for severe weather to be encountered.  The strong upper low in the Plains will sweep into the Deep South, forcing a cold front into the area in the morning hours.  Stronger south and southwest winds, plus enhances wind speeds afoft, will support the development of individual strong to severe storms over the northern Gulf, and a band of strong storms ahead of the cold front.  These features will move from west to east across north Florida/south Georgia mainly between 4 a.m. near the Apalachicola River to about midday in eastern sections.  Individual storms will move northeast and may create waterspouts offshore.  Strong wind gusts may cause localized damage before the storms move out by afternoon.  Mostly cloudy and windy conditions will remain on the backside of the low-pressure system, setting us up for a cold and blustery start to the weekend.  Lows tonight will reach the mid and upper 50s, rise a bit before the cold front into the 60s, and then fall back into the 50s for the remainder of the afternoon.