Forecast: Severe weather possible Friday afternoon

A cold front is expected to blow through the Bay Area on Friday, bringing a chance of severe storms and even the possibility of some tornados.

It’s the same front that is currently powering a line of storms from Chicago all the way down through Texas, dropping egg-sized hail in some places.

“There’s a lot of energy from this front and eventually it’s all going to slide our way,” FOX 13 meteorologist Dave Osterberg explained, pointing to the very active radar map.

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The worst of the weather will likely arrive in Central Florida after noon Friday. The National Weather Service expects a “slight to enhanced” chance of severe storms, which is about the middle of their threat scale. Heavy rain, frequent lightning, and isolated tornadoes are possible.

There is also a lake wind and small craft advisory going into effect Thursday evening.

“This whole line is going to come whipping through," Osterberg continued. "Out ahead of it, gusty winds and we’re looking at the potential for some coastal flooding, believe it or not. These tides are going to run a couple of feet above normal due to all of this wind.”

There may be some lingering showers Friday night as the front passes, but it will be followed by cooler and drier air for the weekend.

“Easter is really looking nice, with temperatures topping out in the 70s and lower humidity,” meteorologist Jim Weber added.

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