The National Weather Service issued at 2:20 p.m., a tornado watch in effect until 9 p.m. for Nodaway County. The rainfall will be capable of producing minor flooding, a weather report from the agency states.
It is important to note that while we are declaring Saturday a First Alert Weather Day, much of the area will not be affected by heavy rain and strong storms until Saturday night.
Rain and thunderstorms are predicted to begin in the Meridian region around 1 a.m. Saturday, with the worst of the storm passing through between 6 a.m. and midnight Saturday. "Then it will be moving out", he said. A frontal system generated two lines of storm activity, with one dropping quarter-size hail near Eureka and a 71-mph wind gust at the Eureka Airport.
He said the Valley is expected to receive between 2½ inches to 4 inches of rain Saturday into Sunday morning.
NWS meteorologist Nathan Owen said late Friday afternoon that the line of storms could be severe at times, especially in West Central Alabama and west of U.S. Interstate 65. There will likely be a sharp gradient north of the heavy snow band, according to the weather service.
On Twitter, the Tampa Bay office of the National Weather Service said damaging winds remain a primary threat, but tornados are possible, particularly near the coast. Wind gusts could get as high as 35 miles per hour, the weather service said. As this boundary slides east into at atmosphere that isn't as supportive for storms, impacts will fall in intensity a bit.
Sunny skies and slightly warmer temperatures kick off the new workweek with highs in the lower 50s on Monday to the middle 60s by Tuesday through Thursday.