• Severe threat diminishes across Central Florida, cold temps filter in

    By: Irene Sans


    2:45 a.m. update: 
    Severe weather threat has diminished across much of Central Florida. Much cooler air has filter over 
    the area. As soon as this air filters in, the severe threat disappears. 
    South Brevard will continue to have a few strong thunderstorms as the line continues to moving towards South Florida. 


    10 p.m. update
    The first severe thunderstorm warning was issued by the National Weather Service shortly afte 10 p.m. Friday. 

    Storms over Sumter are moving fast at about 40 mph. and will be entering northwestern Lake County. 



    Friday afternoon update: 
    Friday´s warmth was courtesy of the southwest flow, which will aid the development of showers and even some thunderstorms after sunset.




    The same system that will bring colder weather to Central Florida has already brought snow to San Antonio, Texas:

    Channel 9 certified meteorologist Brian Shields said Friday that storms will move from western portions of Central Florida to the region's eastern portions. They're expected to clear by 4 a.m. Saturday.

    "We will be very warm as our major front approaches," Shields said. "This will make us less stable and give us a better chance of strong to severe storms tonight."

    Many roads will be wet Saturday morning, and some could be covered in debris because of strong wind gusts.

    The system that will bring cold weather to Central Florida brought snow to Georgia:


    Showers and storms will ramp up after sunset Friday. Storms may produce strong wind gusts exceeding 60 mph. There will also be an isolated tornado threat, which will diminish after 1 a.m. Saturday.

    Why did it snow in the Deep South? 


    Localized flooding could be an issue, as some locations might receive more than 2 inches of rainfall.

    Channel 9's team of meteorologists will monitor the situation and provide updates on the timing of the fronts on Channel 9 Eyewitness News, wftv.com, the free WFTV weather app and social media.


    Half of the weekend will be rainy and cold, and the other half will be sunny and colder.


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    Weather will improve Saturday when more stable and colder air sinks over the Florida Peninsula. 

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    Saturday will start out cloudy, but gradual clearing is expected. Temperatures will be cold,
    with highs reaching the upper 50s, and temperatures will quickly drop further after sunset as skies clear.


    Sunday morning is forecast to be the coldest day of the weekend as temperature will be in the low 40s. The northern portions of Central Florida could see temperatures dip into the 30s. Much drier air will dominate, and sunshine will return.


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    Much of the United States will be affected by an arctic air mass. Snow is in the forecast from North Dakota and South Dakota to New York. 

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