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Severe weather possible in South Florida leading up to Sunday’s big game

The National Football League wraps up the 2019-2020 season this Sunday in Miami Gardens, Florida. While the forecast for the game itself is looking peasant, the day leading up to Sunday could bring severe storms to the region, in addition to localized heavy rainfall. A risk for severe weather has been issued for Saturday.

A cold front is expected to move into South Florida with strong upper-level winds and wind shear, supporting the chance for damaging storms. These will come via strong thunderstorms that cross the area overnight into early Saturday. Isolated tornadoes and waterspouts cannot be ruled out either, as the wind profile could support a few isolated supercells. The storm prediction center is also including a risk for hail that could reach one inch in diameter.

As the front remains draped across South Florida early Saturday, daytime heating is expected to aid in triggering a new round of convection late Saturday morning through the early afternoon. Once again, the main threat appears to be from damaging downdraft winds and isolated tornadoes. By Saturday evening, the frontal system is forecast to be south of the Florida Peninsula, ushering in cooler and drier weather late Saturday night into Sunday.

The chance for thunderstorms and severe weather will linger into very early Saturday, with heavy rain potentially creating localized flooding impacts.


Thunderstorms are expected to fire up again during the mid to late morning Saturday, though they should be more scattered or isolated than the round of convection late Friday. The severe threat is expected to end by the late afternoon.

Rain totals could surpass two inches in locations that see multiple thunderstorms, which could lead to minor flooding impacts.

The weather on Sunday will remind everyone why people travel to South Florida in the winter. Highs are expected to approach 70 degrees under sunny skies with breezy northerly winds that gradually calm down in the evening.

About the author

Rob grew up in South Florida, where daily afternoon storms and hurricanes piqued his interest in meteorology early on. That interest was fostered by his teachers and his father, who one time brought him onto the roof of their home to watch a funnel cloud move through the Everglades several miles away. ... Load MoreYears of filmmaking and tv production in high school gradually pushed him toward broadcast meteorology at Florida State University, where he joined and eventually led the student run daily weather show. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology, he began his career at KESQ in Palm Springs, California before heading to KFSN in Fresno and WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. He has covered a diverse array of extreme weather events, including haboobs and flash flooding in the desert, extreme snow in the Sierra, hurricanes, and Appalachian ice storms. He also enjoys telling stories and reporting about weather issues.

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