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Storm Team Tuesday morning forecast (2/26/2013)

Tornado Watch is in effect until 9:00 am EST.
Posted at 3:30 AM, Feb 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-26 03:30:00-05

A line of strong to severe storms will move through during the early and mid morning hours of your Tuesday. Within this line there’s the possibility of torrential rain, winds over 60mph, hail and isolated tornadoes. A tornado watch is in effect until 9am EST for the entire Florida big bend and South Georgia counties that touch the Florida state line. Remember, a watch does not mean a tornado is on the ground, but the atmosphere is favorable for the development of rotating thunderstorms. Rain rates have been impressive, anywhere from 1-3” per hour which is adding to the on going flood situation. By as early as lunch time, the line will have moved east of the region and the storm threat will be over, until then be storm ready! Tonight, clearing happens and our temperatures fall to seasonal levels in the low and middle 40s. We will see a gradual cool down in day time highs; the coldest of the cold gets here by Friday and the weekend. Between now and then, our highs will fall into the upper 60s tomorrow, mid 60s Thursday and upper 50s by Friday. The bigger story will be the return of an arctic air mass. Current data suggests temperatures in the 20s and 30s for lows starting Friday night lasting through at least Monday. Meanwhile, after today, we have a good deal of sun on the agenda with no major rain in the forecast until perhaps the middle of next week.

Be safe this morning and make it a great Tuesday!

-Meteorologist Sean Parker