First Alert Weather: Severe weather approaching due to cold front

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The First Alert Weather Team is tracking a strong cold front that will bring a period of both heavy rain and near-record warmth to the Jacksonville metro area on Wednesday.


Here is a breakdown of what to expect, according to First Alert Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh:

  • The next strong cold front is fast approaching and has been producing severe weather in Texas and Louisiana which will spread across the Gulf coast through early Wednesday. On the cold side of the storm heavy snow will fall from Oklahoma to Ohio to New England
  • Ahead of the front, Wednesday will be windy with winds out of the SW at 15-25 mph but with gusts of 30-35 mph
  • Temperatures will soar to near-record highs Wednesday reaching the low to mid-80s
  • A line of strong thunderstorms will move from the Fl. Panhandle to a line from Waycross to Lake City by 3-4 pm… to Brunswick to Folkston to Macclenny to Gainesville 4-5 pm… to the I-95 corridor including Jacksonville & most of Duval Co. 5-7 pm… & parts of Clay, St. Johns & Putnam Co. 6-8 pm before pushing offshore
  • All areas will get at least some rain with amounts averaging a quarter to a half inch w/ a few neighborhoods receiving 1″+
  • Storms will produce gusty winds of 30-50 mph + some lightning
  • A few isolated storms may produce wind gusts of 60+ mph as well as an isolated tornado
  • Following the front, temps. will dive some 20+ degrees Thursday will some inland frost early Fri. & again early Sat.

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