HOLT, Fla., March 17, 2022—The National Weather Service has increased the weather threat for northwest Florida and south Alabama for tomorrow.
The entire Florida panhandle is now under a level 3 out of 4 risk for severe weather.
This increases the chance for tornado activity, including strong tornadoes, which the NWS defines as having wind speeds between 100-200 mph. Should they develop, these tornadoes have the potential to be long-tracked, meaning they could remain on the ground covering a number of miles.
Damaging winds capable of knocking out power and toppling trees, as well as hail large enough to damage vehicles are also potential threats with tomorrow’s storm system.
Although the NWS gave an 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. window for severe activity, according to an updated NWS forecast, these strong storms should be moving into this area by around 2 p.m. tomorrow.
Calm before the storm
Before the storms arrive, the weather outlook here will continue to be mostly clear with the possibility of thunderstorms developing after 4 a.m. tomorrow.
There could be some patchy fog tonight, but it is not forecast to be thick as the previous two nights.
Locally dense fog in some areas is also possible.
Highs today will top out in the mid-70s with a low of 57 degrees tonight.
Saturday is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high of 72 and a low of 43 Saturday night.