February 1, 2011

Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes possible this evening and overnight, for SE AL/western FL panhandle.

National Weather Service, Tallahassee, FL

Forecasts are still anticipating at least a risk of severe thunderstorms later today/this evening and continuing into early Wednesday morning spreading from west to east across the region. The potential for damaging winds and possibly a tornado will be greater in the far western counties of the FL panhandle and southeastern AL. Any ensuing severe threat is expected to gradually diminish with eastward extent across southwest GA and the rest of the FL Bend region, although the potential for strong gusts and/or isolated damaging winds could be sustained with stronger storms overnight.

A very strong storm system responsible for a major winter storm/blizzard developing out of the southern plains and racing northeastward over the next couple of days will drive a cold front through our region later today and tonight. Ahead of the front, a gradual increase in low level moisture should provide a marginally unstable environment and support a broken line or clusters of thunderstorms spreading into our western counties likely around 6-7pm. The winds aloft will increase dramatically and likewise increase the potential for organized storms should the air become unstable.

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