Line of strong, to severe, storms sweeps through Friday afternoon

First Alert Weather Day: Scattered severe storms likely Friday afternoon

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Friday is a First Alert Weather Day.

Widespread rain, and a few severe storms, are likely Friday as a cold front sweeps through the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

Storms are most-likely between late-morning and late-afternoon; roughly between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Not everyone will see severe weather, but ingredients are in-place for a few severe storms. Damaging wind gusts are the most likely form of severe weather, followed by small hail and isolated tornadoes.

Winds will be howling – even outside of storms – Friday. Sustained winds between 20 and 30 MPH, with gusts approaching 40 MPH, are expected. Showers will be capable of producing wind gusts to 50 MPH and thunderstorms may produce wind gusts greater than 60 MPH.

Hail may be as large as quarters and isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

It's already windy this morning and will be howling before lunch. Gusts are forecast to approach 40MPH, in spots, even...

Posted by WTOC Cutter Martin on Friday, April 19, 2019

Again - not everyone will see severe weather. In fact, some may miss out on heavy rain. More than half of the area will get soaked; a much smaller portion will be directly impacted by severe weather. However, ingredients will support a few nasty storms – capable of producing dangerous weather.

Two school systems have canceled classes due to the possibility of severe weather: Jeff Davis and Wayne counties.

Keep severe weather and “WTOC” alerts turned on in the WTOC Weather App.

GOOD NEWS - The forecast cools off and dries out Friday evening – giving way to a gorgeous Easter weekend.

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