Storm timeline: Severe weather possible as strong cold front hits Florida

Turning windy, unseasonably cool into Halloween weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. – Before you get ready to celebrate Halloween this weekend, make sure you stay weather aware. A strong cold front is set to move through Central Florida Thursday bring it the chance for strong storms including a tornado or two.

Thursday morning will turn warmer and more humid ahead of a few storms. An isolated strong storm or two is possible prior to sunrise, but the bulk of the action develops later in the morning prior to lunch.

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The severe weather threat ramps through the middle of the afternoon before gradually subsiding Thursday evening.

A few more storms will be possible Thursday evening and night, but they will be less numerous and less intense than the storms earlier in the day.

General timeline

  • 5-10 a.m.: Scattered storms
  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Highest threat for severe weather
  • 6 p.m.-midnight: Few non-severe storms/downpours
Strong storms are expected in Central Florida.
Severe weather threats in Central Florida.
Expected rain totals.
Satellite and radar.


  • Damaging wind gusts
  • A tornado or two possible
  • Heavy rain
Severe threat Thursday

Expect the wind to pick up Thursday afternoon and evening in addition to the storms.

Wind gusts Thursday

There will be a few lingering showers Friday with highs struggling to climb out of the 70s. Most of Central Florida will wake up in the 50s Saturday and Sunday.

A few 40s could be sprinkled in north of Orlando Sunday morning. Highs Saturday and Sunday will be in the 70s with much calmer conditions.

About the Author:

Jonathan Kegges joined the News 6 team in June 2019 as the Weekend Morning Meteorologist. Jonathan comes from Roanoke, Virginia where he covered three EF-3 tornadoes and deadly flooding brought on by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.