First Alert Weather: UPDATE - Severe weather threat increases for Suncoast

Sarasota, FL (WWSB) - A slow moving cold front and a series of disturbances will move across the Suncoast later today and into Saturday morning.

The Storm Prediction Center has increased the risk for severe weather and isolated tornados for the Suncoast later today through early Sat. A.M. 

For the rest of today expect mostly cloudy skies and a good chance for a few showers and scattered thunderstorms mainly in the late afternoon through early Saturday morning.


Strong storms possible

Some of these storms will produce some heavy downpours and some strong gusty winds. The Storm Prediction Center is now suggesting a slight risk for severe storms and a small chance for an isolated tornado later today and carrying on into early Saturday morning.


Rainfall projections for storm

Rainfall amounts look to be just over an inch in most areas with higher amounts in isolated areas. Most of the strong storms will be over by sunrise on Saturday.  We can still expect a few lingering showers as through midday on Saturday.

Once the front moves through winds will pick up out of the NW and small craft advisories will be needed for coastal waters along the Suncoast.

Right now it looks like seas will be anywhere from 3-5 feet with winds out of the NW-N at 20-25 kts. through Saturday evening.

Skies will begin to clear later in the day on Saturday and much colder and drier air will move in overnight and throughout the day on Sunday.

The high on Sunday will struggle to make it to 60. Lows on Monday morning will be in the mid 40s.

The weather is expected to be chilly through all of next week.

Bob Harrigan

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