Severe storms capable of spinning up tornadoes are expected across the Deep South on New Year’s Eve, but Tampa Bay area weather is expected to be mild and dry.
Spectrum Bay News 9 forecasters say Tampa Bay can expect temperatures in the high 70s in the early evening that will drop to the low 70s around midnight and bottom out in the high 60s early Saturday morning.
The high on New Year’s Day will be around 82 and it will be breezy. Saturday’s high will top off around 80 and there’s a 10 percent chance of rain that day. Overnight lows both days will be in the mid-60s.
On Sunday, however, there’s a 60 percent chance of rain in the morning and temperatures will cool. Highs that day won’t get out of the 60s and the overnight low to start the first work week of 2021 will be in the 40s.
For tonight, a tornado watch was in place over parts of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.
The national Storm Prediction Center says the area most at risk of severe weather on Thursday includes parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and southeast Texas.
The region at enhanced risk of severe weather includes more than 4 million people and the metropolitan areas of New Orleans; Baton Rouge, La.; and Beaumont, Texas.
“Tornadoes along with damaging wind gusts and large hail are all potential threats,” according to the National Weather Service office in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Forecasters say the risk of severe weather will later spread into Alabama and parts of the Florida Panhandle.
--Material from the Associated Press contributed to this report.