The threat of severe weather moving into Florida this weekend is prompting some precautions.
In the wake of possible weather issues, the Bradenton Farmers Market is closed Saturday, according to a tweet Friday evening from Realize Bradenton.
Thunder by the Bay’s Cruise for Cash is still on, along with Saturday’s concerts, however, a Facebook post from event organizers encourages those who can’t ride their motorcycles because to the weather to participate in their four-wheeled vehicles.
There will be 500 tented seats available for the afternoon and evening concerts in Lakewood Ranch, according to the Facebook post.
Meanwhile, Saturday’s Touch a Truck event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Manatee County Central Library will be held rain or shine, according to officials.
A hazardous weather outlook was issued Friday morning by the National Weather Service, warning storms would be strong to severe late Friday into early Saturday.
Friday afternoon, a high-surf advisory and rip current statement were issued and will be in effect from 9 a.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. Sunday.
Overnight Friday, there’s a 70 percent chance of showers and a few thunderstorms are most likely after 2 a.m. that could bring between a quarter-inch and half-inch of rain.
Rain could continue into Saturday with an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms possible between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. and a chance of showers after 2 p.m. and up to an additional three-quarters of an inch of rain. Wind gusts could reach nearly 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
The rain also will bring chilly conditions, with Saturday expected to see a high of about 70 degrees and a low near 42. The National Weather Service predicts a high for Sunday near 59 degrees and a low around 45.
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are expected to be sunny, with highs in the 60s and 70s.
However, North Florida is expecting a severe cold snap.
A freeze watch is in effect for the Jacksonville area Saturday night through Sunday morning, with temperatures expected to drop to around 27 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Pensacola is expecting a low of 31 degrees, and motorists have been advised to watch for black ice forming Friday night into Saturday. Tallahassee is expecting lows in the upper 20s Saturday and Sunday nights.