Charles’ Pinpoint Weather Update – Friday, March 18

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Update (2:09 p.m.): A tornado watch has been issued for parts of southwest Georgia through 7:00 p.m. Friday. A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes in the watch area. Watchkeepers should be aware of the weather and know what to do in the event of a tornado warning.

The squall line was moving into Miller and Seminole counties as of 2 p.m. Friday. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for parts of Decatur, Seminole and Miller counties through 3:30 p.m. Friday.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Fog was an issue Friday morning with visibility reports as low as zero at some airports. The entire Big Bend and South Georgia viewing area was under a dense fog advisory until 10 a.m. Friday.

After the fog clears, attention turns west as a cold front continues eastward. Ahead of the front was a powerful squall line that triggered a tornado watch in parts of the Deep South with some severe thunderstorm warnings beginning at 7:30 a.m. This squall line is expected to move east during the day and pose a greater threat to severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. As of this update, the squall line is expected to move mid to late afternoon in southwestern Georgia and advance eastward through the rest of the squall zone. observation during the afternoon and evening.

The threat of severe weather will extend into the viewing area Friday afternoon and into the evening. The Storm Prediction Center’s updated outlook had placed southwest Georgia under a higher Level 3 severe weather risk, with damaging wind gusts and isolated tornadoes the main dangers. Small hail is also possible, although the risk is less.

The cold front will slowly move east from Friday to Saturday. There is a good chance of showers and thunderstorms before the cold front. There may be enough ingredients to keep the threat of damaging wind gusts and hail Saturday low in eastern Big Bend and South Georgia closer to I-75. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, although the highest chances remain north of the area.

After the passage of the cold front from Saturday evening to Sunday morning, the sky will turn sunny on Sunday with drier weather in place. Morning lows will be in the 40s for Sunday and Monday with highs in the 70s. Moisture will start to return on Tuesday as another storm system could form and move into the southeast on Wednesday. Chances of rain will increase Wednesday and Thursday with warmer high and low temperatures. .

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