Scattered storms are moving east from the US 319 corridor and the central Big Bend coast late this morning, set to roll into eastern and I-75 counties by midday. Rain becomes more widespread with periods of heavy rain in these areas. Localized flooding can occur in areas of sustained downpours on top of already saturated land from recent rain events.
While it will be generally breezy today, isolated occurrences of gusty storm-related winds are possible that can trigger severe thunderstorm warnings. A brief, short-lived spin-up tornado or waterspout can develop in the strongest of thunderstorms, which is expected to affect just a select few spots.
A tornado watch is in effect for the Suwannee River valley counties of Lafayette, Suwannee, and Hamilton until 5:00 p.m. as the storm line moves eastward through these areas in the afternoon.
A cold front moves through the region later today, shifting winds from a southerly direction to a northwesterly direction. Storms will begin to die down around 4pm, but some scattered showers will persist in the region until around 9 or 10 pm.
Today's highs will be around 70° to the mid 70s. Skies will remain overcast throughout the day before gradual clearing occurs overnight which lasts into the day on Monday.
The start of the workweek will begin on a chilly note with overnight lows in the 30s and daytime highs in the mid to upper 50s. A mostly sunny sky on Monday will become partly cloudy into the day on Tuesday. Rain chances remain low throughout the week with lows warming into the 40s and highs into the 60s towards the middle and end of the week. Rain chances also increase at the end of the week with a 20% chance for rain with mostly cloudy conditions. Temperatures will remain below average for much of the week.