Much needed rain headed the River City's way

A look at rain chances this week

Published On: Feb 04 2013 07:37:49 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, FL -

This week brings some much needed moisture to the Southeast, but it lingers in the form of cloudy skies and isolated showers, over several days.

We begin the week on a decidedly chilly note, with Monday morning lows reach the mid to upper 30's, and low 40's and the beach.  Patchy frost possible Monday morning, especially along and to the West of Hwy 301.  High clouds and elevated winds overnight kept temperatures from reaching freezing overnight.  The same high clouds, filtering into the forecast area keep our daytime temperatures on the cool side. By the lunch hour, temperatures will climb into the upper 50's.  Afternoon highs will merely climb to the low 60's. Much of the day will be spent struggling through the 50's.  Winds today begin out of the West between 7 and 12 miles per hour. Late in the day, close to sunset, the winds change direction and become more Easterly at the 5-10 mile per hour rate.  We end the day on a mostly cloudy note as clouds build in all afternoon long.

Overnight, temperature hover in the 40's, kept more mild by the building clouds overnight.  Tuesday marks the beginning of our elongated chances for rain.  Tuesday- two scenarios are possible with rain- the first and more likely scenario, is Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia receive a limited push of moisture from aloft zonal energy- resulting in 20-30% coverage of isolated showers and mostly cloudy skies.  If this scenario plays out, light rain will begin in the afternoon hours, and spread to become more area wide overnight Tuesday evening.  The second scenario, possible, but not as likely, brings almost double the moisture into the Southeast, and initial rain coverage would be closer to 50%, spreading to become area wide during the evening hours.  If this scenario plays out, more significant rainfall totals, closer to an inch would be likely.  

Patchy fog is probable along I-75 overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday as a high deck of clouds keeps our overnight lows in the low 50's. 

Wednesday brings a break in the clouds with skies becoming partly cloudy, carrying only a 15% chance for showers.  Afternoon highs climb comfortably into the 70's.

Thursday, expect building clouds, mild temperatures, and overnight rain chances with 40-50% coverage of showers, no thunderstorms expected at this time.  Rain continues into early Friday.  Skies dry out Friday night, but remain cloudy.