The Treasure Coast could see severe weather Thursday afternoon and evening from storms ahead of a cold front projected to drop highs into the upper 60s over the weekend.
Hail, a chance for a tornado and 40-60 mph wind gusts are all possibly in the forecast mix tomorrow for Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties from storms preceding an eastward moving cold front.
“We are expecting some severe weather tomorrow for Indian River County southward down through the Treasure Coast,” said meteorologist Cassie Leahy with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Melbourne.
There’s also a chance of 1-2 inches of isolated rainfall as the front moves southeast over the state Thursday.
Although areas just north of Orlando stand the highest chance of severe weather, Leahy said they were “not ruling out” the potential for hail, a possible tornado and heavy winds here.
The Indian River County Emergency Services Department stated on social media “confidence is growing” in the likelihood of strong to severe thunderstorms, “damaging winds up to 60 mph, a few tornadoes, and brief, heavy downpours.”
Following the front, Leahy said, “We are going to see quite a bit of a cool down.”
Although highs are projected in the mid 80s for Thursday, Friday’s highs will likely be around the mid 70s and Saturday’s in the upper 60s.
“It could actually be pretty chilly on Sunday for some people,” Leahy said.