Overnight storms could be severe ahead of major cooldown

Increasing clouds and late-night storms will precede a strong cold front, WINK meteorologist Zach Maloch said.

FILE: Stormy seas off the Sanibel Causeway. Photo via viewer Frank Michael Jensen.

Some of the storms could be severe, and a few short-lived tornadoes can’t be ruled out, Maloch said.

A dramatic temperature shift will follow.

Friday’s high is expected to reach 85, but much cooler air is on the way for this weekend, according to Maloch. Saturday’s high should be only 68 as clouds decreased, and Sunday’s high will be 64.

The low Saturday night into Sunday morning will dip to 46. Sunday night, it’s forecast to go down to 42, with patchy frost in northern and inland parts of Southwest Florida.

The same system could bring a mix of rain and snow to a sliver of the Florida Panhandle, WINK meteorologist Matt Devitt said. Devitt went in-depth on the forecast via Facebook Live:

MAJOR COOLDOWN! The weekend is going to feel a lot chillier in SWFL — and parts of the Panhandle could even see snow! Forecast: http://wink.news/2AG4GD0

Posted by WINK News on Friday, December 8, 2017

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