A weather pattern favorable for severe weather will develop over the region today and will persist through the overnight hours. A low pressure system off the Central Gulf Coast will move east today and will bring widespread rain to the state this morning. Some of these showers may become locally heavy this afternoon with rainfall amounts forecast to be around 1-2 inches statewide with locally heavier areas that may receive up to 3 inches of rain by tomorrow morning. As we head into the afternoon hours, the atmosphere will become more favorable for thunderstorm development. TheStorm Prediction Center has placed most of the state under a Slight Risk of severe weather today. The Slight Risk area extends from a line roughly from Apalachicola through Jacksonville and south through the southern tip of the Peninsula.