New Year kicks off with a severe weather forecast

HOLT, Fla., Jan. 2, 2023—Another round of severe weather is forecast for tomorrow afternoon through Wednesday morning as a slow-moving cold front moves through the area.

Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms, some possibly strong, are forecast to push across the area with heavy rain.

Severe storms are possible for the entire region, with the best chances for areas north and west of Interstate 65, according to the National Weather Service.

For now, northwest Florida is in a level 2 (out of 5) risk zone for severe weather.

All storm hazards are possible with this system, according to the NWS—damaging winds, tornadoes (a few possibly strong) and hail.

Severe weather is expected to come in three rounds. The first will push through tomorrow afternoon, primarily west of I-65, according the NWS

Storm threat will gradually shift south and east throughout the evening before weakening for a brief period.

A third wave will push storms east of I-65 after midnight and continue into the morning hours before finally clearing by midday Wednesday, according to the NWS.

Near record high temperatures are forecast for today as they top out in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-60s.

Cooler temperatures are in the forecast behind the front with lows dropping into the 30s overnight Thursday and Friday.

Staff and NWS forecast

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