Heavy rain possible Saturday PM, Sunday midday

Channel 4 declares Weather Authority Alert beginning at 3PM Saturday

Published On: Mar 22 2013 05:21:10 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 23 2013 10:24:44 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The possibility of heavy rainfall and the chance of severe weather Saturday afternoon and evening has prompted a Weather Authority Alert Day for today.  There could be a second round of rain and possible storms late Sunday morning.

The heaviest rain Saturday morning was located west and southwest of Jacksonville in Alachua, Bradford and Putnam counties. Rainfall rates have been less than a quarter inch so far but heavier rain is expected this afternoon.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed most of the Jacksonville viewing area, including the Jax metro under a slight risk of severe weather for Saturday afternoon. The main threat with these storms will be pea to marble size hail with winds gusting to 60 mph.  An isolated tornado can't be ruled out either.

Expect the heaviest rainfall to move into the Jacksonville metro around 2pm this afternoon lasting through the late evening hours. Rainfall amounts, per our in-house models, show upwards of 1 to 3 inches of rainfall for the areas along and north of I-10. 

All the wet weather is being initiated by a warm front to our south and a cold front to our west. The two will combine to bring in heavy weather Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

Once the weather moves out Sunday afternoon, skies should clear and temperatures may pop to near 80 degrees. However, much cooler weather and even a few freezes are possible heading into early next week.

Our very chilly March doesn't look to end any time soon.