Chance of strong storms remains for Friday

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By: Charles Roop | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
April 5, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- After Thursday night's round of thunderstorms - including some that brought winds of over 40 mph along the coast - there is another chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday. A few of those have the low potential to become severe.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of our Big Bend and South Georgia viewing area under a marginal threat (level 1 of 5) of severe weather Friday. A low-end threat of damaging winds and hail is in place. The tornado threat looks very low.

A warm front is to our north based on hand-drawn analysis. Surface dewpoints were in the 60s, indicating reasonable moisture. Aloft, an upper-level trough axis was over our area Friday morning, while a mid-level trough was over Alabama. Water vapor imagery backs up the presence of the trough. Convection was also building up of the Louisiana coastline and points east.

Radar imagery showed west-to-east line of showers and storms off the panhandle coast and along the Big Bend coast.

The front is expected to lift more northward, allowing for coverage to increase later Friday. Some drier air aloft, which some guidance is hinting at, could allow for the low risk of damaging winds and hail with some of these stronger storms. There is also a low chance for localized flooding with some of these "training" storms.

As for the weekend, rain chances remain in the forecast, though a little lower as the front lifts northward. Organized severe weather is not anticipated Saturday and Sunday.

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