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Hazardous Weather Outlook

By: associated press
By: associated press

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TALLAHASSEE FL
538 AM EST THU FEB 26 2009

...SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER EPISODE POSSIBLE ON SATURDAY AND
SATURDAY NIGHT ACROSS THE REGION...

ALZ065069-FLZ007019-026029-034-GAZ120131-142148-155161-
GMZ730-750-755-765-770-775-271045-
COFFEE-DALE-HENRY-GENEVA-HOUSTON-INLAND WALTON-COASTAL WALTON-
HOLMES-WASHINGTON-JACKSON-BAY-CALHOUN-GULF-FRANKLIN-GADSDEN-LEON-
JEFFERSON-MADISON-LIBERTY-WAKULLA-TAYLOR-LAFAYETTE-DIXIE-QUITMAN-
CLAY-RANDOLPH-TERRELL-DOUGHERTY-LEE-WORTH-TURNER-TIFT-BEN HILL-
IRWIN-EARLY-MILLER-BAKER-MITCHELL-COLQUITT-COOK-BERRIEN-SEMINOLE-
DECATUR-GRADY-THOMAS-BROOKS-LOWNDES-LANIER-
APALACHEE BAY OR COASTAL WATERS FROM KEATON BEACH TO OCHLOCKONEE
RIVER FL OUT TO 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM APALACHICOLA TO DESTIN FL OUT 20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM OCHLOCKONEE RIVER TO APALACHICOLA FL OUT TO
20 NM-
COASTAL WATERS FROM SUWANNEE RIVER TO KEATON BEACH OUT 20 NM-
WATERS FROM APALACHICOLA TO DESTIN FL FROM 20 TO 60 NM-
WATERS FROM SUWANNEE RIVER TO APALACHICOLA FL FROM 20 TO 60 NM-
538 AM EST THU FEB 26 2009 /438 AM CST THU FEB 26 2009/

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHEAST ALABAMA...
SOUTHWEST AND SOUTH CENTRAL GEORGIA...AND THE FLORIDA BIG BEND
AND PANHANDLE...AND ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT...
SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS WILL BRING IN WARMER TEMPERATURES AND AN
INCREASINGLY MOIST AIRMASS TODAY AS TEMPERATURES WARM INTO THE LOW
TO MID 70S. THESE STRONGER WINDS WILL CREATE CONDITIONS FAVORABLE
FOR STRONGER RIP CURRENTS ALONG THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE AND BIG BEND
BEACHES. AS A RESULT...THERE IS A MODERATE RISK FOR RIP CURRENTS
TODAY ALONG THESE BEACHES.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...
A STRONG LATE WINTER STORM SYSTEM WILL BEGIN TO TAKE SHAPE ACROSS
THE SOUTHEAST ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON AS AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE
DEVELOPS AT THE SURFACE ACROSS CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI. THIS SYSTEM
WILL INITIALLY REMAIN NEARLY STATIONARY ACROSS CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI
AND ALABAMA...BUT MOVE QUICKLY SOUTHWARD ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON AS
AN UNUSUALLY STRONG UPPER LEVEL LOW MOVES INTO THE LOWER
MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY. INITIALLY...ISOLATED AND SCATTERED
STORMS WILL FORM WELL AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT AND BE CAPABLE OF
PRODUCING LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED TORNADOES SATURDAY AFTERNOON. BY
THE EVENING...A STRONG SQUALL LINE WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION RIGHT
ALONG THE COLD FRONT AND BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR DESTRUCTIVE
STRAIGHT LINE WINDS...HAIL AND TORNADOES.

WHILE THERE STILL REMAINS SOME UNCERTAINTY WITH REGARD TO THE
EVOLUTION OF THIS STORM SYSTEM...CONFIDENCE IS INCREASING THAT A
SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER EPISODE MAY OCCUR ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON
AND SATURDAY NIGHT ACROSS OUR REGION.

AS THIS COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH THE REGION...A VERY COLD AIRMASS
WILL MOVE IN FROM THE NORTHWEST. A FEW MODELS SUGGEST THAT THE AIRMASS
MAY BRIEFLY BECOME COLD ENOUGH TO SUPPORT NON-ACCUMULATING FROZEN
PRECIPITATION SUNDAY MORNING...GENERALLY ALONG AND NORTH OF A LINE
FROM DOTHAN TO ALBANY.

AFTER A LIGHT FREEZE SUNDAY AND MONDAY NIGHTS...WARMER
TEMPERATURES WILL RETURN TO THE REGION BY TUESDAY.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED THROUGH FRIDAY. SPOTTERS AND
EMERGENCY MANAGERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS ON THE DEVELOPING WEATHER SITUATION FOR
SATURDAY AND PREPARE FOR A SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER EPISODE.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
WEBSITE ON THE INTERNET AT WEATHER.GOV...THEN CLICK ON YOUR AREA
OF INTEREST ON THE NATIONAL MAP.


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