The strongest cold front yet this season could produce a round or two of strong thunderstorms ahead of it in the Florida Panhandle Sunday Night, then across parts of North Florida Monday.

The strongest storms might produce damaging wind gusts to 60 mph, small hail, and even an isolated tornado. Chances of this occurring are highest along the Gulf Coast from Pensacola to Panama City Sunday Night and early Monday morning. A second, but potentially equally as strong round of thunderstorm activity is expected to develop and move along the I-10 corridor roughly from Lake City to Jacksonville Monday afternoon. The strong storms may extend as far south as Gainesville and Ocala by early Monday evening.


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As the front sweeps across the rest of the peninsula, the intensity and coverage of the thunderstorm activity is likely to diminish. However, gusty winds and a few showers may ride along the front all the way to South Florida during the day Tuesday.

This week’s front will usher in the coldest air mass experienced by most Floridians since April. It will also by a remarkably drier air mass, signaling the end to the 2017 rainy season for the entire state.

Meteorologist Cyndee O'Quinn

Cyndee O’Quinn joined the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications team of meteorologists in June 2017. She produces TV, radio and social media content for the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN), a collaboration of Florida's public media stations that transmit information ahead of and during statewide emergencies. O’Quinn also serves as a mentor to student interns/forecasters on newscast production, weather updates and social media content.

Cyndee has previously served as the assistant senior manager and communications at the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin, Australia and as on-air talent and digital content manager for 15 years at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio. O’Quinn has a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from Florida State University.