SARASOTA (WWSB) - Numerous advisories are already up in advance of a strong cold front which will bring showers and thunderstorms, some of which could be severe, mainly Friday afternoon.
There is a small chance we could see an isolated tornado pop up with one or two of the thunderstorms that move through. It will be mainly straight line winds, heavy rain, frequent lightning and small hail that we will see with these storms. The timing of the rough weather looks to begin after 1 p.m. in NW Manatee and then works its way southeastward through the rest of the afternoon.
The duration of the heavy rain should last about an hour and a half and then expect residual showers to linger for another half hour of so after the squall line passes. Rainfall amounts will be near or exceed 1″ in most places with some isolated areas getting nearly 2 inches.
Winds will be strong out of the south and southwest before the storm. This will pile water up along the coast which will cause rip currents to develop. The waves will be 5-6 ft. crashing along the coast. A coastal flood watch is in effect for Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The surge will be in the 1-2 ft. range and if you couple this with high tide you will see a rise of about 3-4 ft. around high tide on Friday which is near 1 p.m. then again at Sat. around 2 a.m.
• Coastal Flood Watch on Friday
• Rip Current Advisory
• Lake Wind Advisory through 7 p.m. Friday
• Small Craft Advisory through Sat. Night
• Isolated Tornadoes possible
Skies begin to clear on Saturday morning with only a few residual showers moving through during the morning hours under partly cloudy skies. It will be cool with on Sat. with highs in the low to mid 70s. Winds will be out of the NW still 10-20 mph.
Sunday we start off in the upper 50s under mostly sunny skies and warm up into the upper 70s later in the day. It should be a really nice day.
Next week we will see mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid to upper 80s.