Breaking: Strongest front of season could bring severe weather to Florida

Update 7:50 a.m. Friday: See most recent weather story about increased potential for severe storms Sunday. 

Previous story: The Storm Prediction Center is forecasting some severe weather for most of Florida on Sunday into Monday as a potent cold front pushes through the state.

While just a northwest sliver of Palm Beach County is currently in a zone of where there is a 15 percent chance of strong to severe thunderstorms, the system is worth keeping an eye on through the weekend.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Miami said the front is expected to be the strongest of the season with gusty widespread showers and storms.

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The cold front is not expected to produce a deep drop in temperatures, but a raging jet stream high in the atmosphere will dip down low enough to create a combustible atmosphere over Florida.

“In terms of severe weather, we haven’t had this kind of threat yet this season,” said Miami-based NWS meteorologist Andrew Hagen. “This is the most significant potential we’ve had in several months.”

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

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Storm Prediction Center map shows most of Florida with either a 15 to 30 percent chance Sunday into Monday for severe weather.

Clear skies should remain through Saturday, but by Sunday, rain and wind will increase to sustained speeds of 29 mph.

Monday includes a 40 percent chance of showers with sustained winds of 25 mph and gusts to 33 mph.

Hagen said one of the biggest concerns is for coastal waters where seas could reach higher than 15 feet.

“We are going to have really rough seas Sunday and Monday,” he said. “The coldest morning will be Tuesday, but we don’t have any 40s forecast in our area, just down into the 50s in interior regions.”

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A forecast map for Sunday shows the strong cold front approaching Florida. The system is expected to be through the state by late Monday.

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