A significant risk of Severe Weather continues on this Christmas Day. Be prepared to take cover in a moment's notice. There is the potential for long-tracking, strong tornadoes and damaging straight line winds. We want you to be safe today, and the best advice we can give is to make sure you have a way to get breaking weather warnings throughout the holiday. If a tornado warning is issued for your area, head to your safe place, which is the lowest level of your home, away from windows and surrounded by walls.
We're watching a warm front lift north across the region, this will enhance our instability, and create impressive wind shear. Thunderstorms will lift northeastward and could contain severe storms as the system expands. Where it's not storming, we expect peaks of sunshine, that warmth will further destabilize our atmosphere. As a result, a more significant severe weather event will unfold later this afternoon.
A vigorous storm system tracking east across Texas is set to drag a very powerful cold front across the region later today. That front will interact with an environment already primed for severe weather. We anticipate a dangerous squall line to move through this evening, that will pose a damaging wind threat. Make sure to have all Christmas decorations on your property secure or brought inside. Winds with some storms could peak up to 65mph or greater.
The front should clear our area around midnight in town, and during the predawn-dawn hours for the Florida Panhandle.
Have a Merry Christmas!!!
Meteorologist, Kelly Foster