SARASOTA (WWSB) - A First Alert Weather day has been declared Friday as strong to possible severe storms move into the Suncoast. A strong cold front will be driving through mainly in the afternoon bringing some moderate to heavy rain mainly in the afternoon and early evening.
Before the front arrives winds will be picking up out of the south and southwest so much so there is some concern for some minor coastal flooding on Friday. Sustained winds of 20 mph can be expected during the morning picking up through the day to 30-35 mph by the mid afternoon. Winds gusts could be as high as 40 mph.
Before all of this rough weather we can expect mostly sunny skies on Wednesday with highs in the mid to upper 80s. On Thursday a few more clouds and a chance for some late day showers inland pushing toward the E. coast.
Once the front clears late Friday expect the winds to whip around to the NW at 15-20 mph and bring in some much cooler air. Highs on Saturday will be more like Jan. or Feb. with temperatures in the low to mid 70s.
We will see partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies by the afternoon and then clear and cool overnight.
The lows on Sunday will be in the mid to upper 50s inland and near 60 at the beaches.
Easter Sunday looks great with highs in the low 80s under mostly sunny skies.