Calm today before storms tomorrow

HOLT, Fla., Jan. 23, 2023—Today’s drier and cooler air will give way to gusty winds tomorrow ahead of a multi-hazard storm system that’s forecast to pack a punch across the forecast area tomorrow night.

All severe weather hazards are possible with this storm system: heavy rain, damaging straight-line winds, hail and tornados.

Most of the forecast area is under a level 3 out of 5 severe weather risk zone, including the western half of Okaloosa County, mainly due to the possibility of damaging straight-line wind gusts and strong EF-2+ tornadoes.

This area can expect the worse parts of the storm to hit during the overnight hours sometime after midnight, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.

Gusty winds ahead of the storms is possible with gusts exceeding 50 mph. The NWS expects to issue a wind advisory prior to the system’s approach.

Recent rains, and rains associated with these storms, sets up the potential for trees to topple with high wind gusts, which in turn, could cause power outages throughout the area, according to the NWS.

Behind the storm, temperatures will fall into the 30s Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

Expect clouds to increase during the day tomorrow with high temperatures topping out in the high 50s. Low tonight will be around 36 degrees.

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