Winter nor'easter builds with bigger rains, winds and colder air

Increasing rainfall totals with well below normal temperatures

By John Gaughan - Chief meteorologist , Mark Collins - Meteorologist
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A swath of snow will blanket the ground with an inch or two from Southern Texas to New Jersey

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Light rain is picking up once again this afternoon and look for a steady but mostly light coverage into the evening.

Even colder temperatures move in Friday, but first we have to get through more rain, lots of rain. Once it clears Saturday afternoon, our first freeze of the season hits Sunday and Monday.

Widespread rain expected through early Saturday.  Temperatures will be well below normal for the next several days.

This evening:  A band of downpours is rolling across the downtown the next few hours, once again followed by the same old mist, drizzle and bouts of rain will make up a large potion of the forecast, tonight and tomorrow.  Rainfall amounts today will average around 0.5-0.75 inch in SE GA to 0.35 to 0.50 inch in NE FL. Temperatures remain around 50° give or take 3°.  Wind NNE 10-15 mph.

Friday & Saturday:  Increasing rainfall coverage as the heaviest rain moves through.  Rain fall totals through Saturday morning 1.5-3.0 inches in SE GA, 1.0-2.0 inches across NE FL.  Lows Friday in the lower 40s in SE GA, 40s to low 50s NE FL.  Highs in the upper 40s to 50s.  Wind N 5-10 mph.  Clearing expected through the morning hours of Saturday becoming partly cloudy.  Clearing skies over southeast Georgia could lead to a little frost as temperatures dip to the low to mid 30s, upper 30s to low 40s in NE FL.  Highs in the low 50s Saturday area wide.

Sunday:  Sunny skies with near freezing temperatures expected area wide.  Freeze Watches or Warnings possible as lows dip in to the upper 20s to low 30s in SE GA, lower 30s inland, low 40s coastal zones.

Hourly Forecast:

3 pm 54 - 70% Rain
6 pm 53 - 70% Rain
8 pm 50 - 70% Rain
10 pm 49 - 60% Rain

Sunrise: 7:10 am
Sunset: 5:26 pm

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