Wet, windy weather for Christmas Eve

Widespread rain Wednesday prompts a Weather Authority Alert Day


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wednesday is a Weather Authority Alert Day due to expected widespread, disruptive rain.

Christmas Eve typically means lots of traffic on the roadways and lots of last-minute errands, the rain will inconvenience both of those.

For Jacksonville, showers and storms moved across the area between 4-8 p.m. this evening. as the storms swept offshore, a strom spotter reported seeing a funnel cloud in Sawgrass, 3 miles NE of Durbin.  This prompted a Tornado Warning for St Johns County until 4:15pm, the storm moved very quickly offshore at 45 mph and no damage was reported.

Drive carefully and watch for rapidly changing conditions this afternoon and evening.

Live, hourly updates will continue throughout the day to keep you informed about the rain and what to expect in your neighborhood.

There are no flood advisories at this time because only locally heavy rainfall is anticipated. Most areas will see around an inch of rain Wednesday, with interior northern Florida seeing closer to 3 to 5 inches of rain.  Most of the rain will push through Jacksonville between 1 and 3 p.m. 

By the late afternoon, most of the rain will be pushing offshore in southeast Georgia. Northeast Florida will take a bit longer to dry out, likely overnight on Christmas Eve. 

Christmas Day is all about clearing up and drying out. A few showers are possible in the morning, but dry and sunnier conditions are expected by the afternoon hours. 

We'd love to see your photos of the weather in your neighborhood this holiday, share them with us on our StormPins app. We'll share them on air and online.

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