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Possible tornado, Cooler for the week, Severe potential late week

Weather Map for Saturday 1-30-10 7AM/EST showing cold front over area.
Weather Map for Saturday 1-30-10 7AM/EST showing cold front over area.

    There was a possible tornado in Duval County during the overnight hours early Monday morning around 4:00 am.

   Reports are that trees were snapped along Townsend Road, between I-295 and Blanding Blvd on the Westside of Jacksonville. One tree was blown over and lying on some powerlines causing an outage to approximately 200 people in the area.

   This week, January 24 - 30 is Florida's Severe Weather Awareness Week.

   So make sure you have a NOAA Weather Radio. This is your first reliable tool against severe weather.

   On Wednesday, January 27, the statewide Tornado Drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service Offices in Florida at 10:10 am Eastern Time (9:10 am Central Time). This year the drill will include actual over-the-air test messages on the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and NOAA Alert Radios. In the event of an actual severe weather threat, the test would be moved to the same time on Friday, January 29.

   The image to the above is from the HPC, and is our forecast weather for Friday night into Saturday morning.

   This indicates, with the positioning of the low pressure near the Carolina's, we will most likely see the potential for severe weather in that time frame.

   Looking at the GFS Forecast Model, it is agreeable to the passage of a cold front late Friday into Saturday morning.

   Forecast Update:

   Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high around  68. Windy, with a west wind between 15 - 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

   Monday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 42. West wind around 5 -10 mph.

   Tuesday: Sunny, with a high around 65.  Windy, from the west around 10 - 20 mph. With gust as high as 35 mph.

   Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35. West wind around 5 mph.

   Wednesday: Sunny, with a high around 65. North wind around 5 mph.

   Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 40.

   Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.

   Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.

   Friday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. A 40% chance of showers.

   Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. A 60% percent chance of showers and possibly thunderstorms.

   Stay in touch for updates throughout the week concerning any severe weather potential for late in the week.



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