Sharp drop in temperatures on the way

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:26:03 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 30 2013 05:52:12 PM EST

January, shmamuary. It's Spring time -- but the calendar says otherwise.  But big changes are mere hours away and real January weather will soon return with a a vengeance.

Strong southerly winds out ahead of a strong cold front has pushed warmer air to our south further north. This juicy, warm air has help fuel strong to severe thunderstorms across the southeastern United States with as many as 418 reports of large hail and damaging winds over the past 24 hours and 16 of those reports are tornadoes.

According to the Storm Prediction Center and the National Weather Service, one of those tornadoes turned deadly in Adairsville, Ga., on Wednesday after a tornado destroyed their mobile home. 

Other reports coming out of the NWS indicate as many as 100 cars were flipped near exit 103 on Interstate 75 near Calhoun, Ga. Also in Calhoun, as many as eight people were injured when severe weather destroyed seven poultry homes and other homes damaged near Redbud Road and Highway 53 by what may be a tornado.

Thankfully, most of the severe weather will stay out of the Jacksonville metro area Wednesday evening. However, the SPC did place southeast Georgia under a ''slight risk'' of severe weather. Most of the weather will sweep through pretty quickly between 10 p.m. and midnight for Jacksonville. Light rainfall accumulations are expected with amounts generally less than a quarter inch.

Gusty winds will blow in much colder air behind the front making for a beautiful but chilly Thursday. High temperatures on Thursday will be nearly 25 to 30 degrees colder than they were for Wednesday.


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