Rain moves offshore, peeks of sun Friday afternoon
Scattered heavy showers will be likely through 2 p.m. then rapid clearing!
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – 12:30 p.m. UPDATE: Skies have dried up along the first coast. With that, the Weather Authority Alert Day has ended as of noon. There is just a 10% chance of a sprinkle the rest of the day. It's not out of the question some peaks of sun will be possible by your drive home. Expect high temperatures to bounce into the low 70s by 4 p.m.
10:15 a.m. UPDATE: Heaviest showers have now pushed offshore. Rainfall amounts have been generally under half an inch. We've had no reports of any flooding or damage, so that's good! We'll continue to track heavy showers through about 2 p.m. before rapid clearing by your drive home.
At this time, no severe weather watches or warnings are in effect nor are any anticipated. We're still hoping for a few peaks of sun late this afternoon.
News4Jax meteorologists have declared Friday a Weather Authority Alert Day from 4 a.m. until noon.
A strong area of low pressure is expected to track to the northeast towards north Florida and southeast Georgia. With the arrival of that low comes widespread heavy rain and the possibility of some strong thunderstorms, especially to the west of Jacksonville along the I-75 corridor.
The worst of the weather is expected to arrive between 10 a.m. and noon here in the immediate Jacksonville area.
At this time, there are no watches or warnings in effect nor are any expected as the lack of rain over the past few weeks will allow us to absorb a few inches of rain before any flooding issues become a concern.
Watch Meteorologist Richard Nunn from 4:30 a.m. until noon for updates every few minutes, then updates each our until the potential for heavy weather has moved passed the area.
Speaking of flooding, widespread rainfall totals of a half inch to one inch of rain will be common with isolated areas picking up two to three inches of rain.
As mentioned, there will be the possibility of some stronger storms with the primary threat being gusty winds in excess of 50 mph. The atmosphere at this time is not expected to be overly favorable for tornadoes or hail but lightning could crack in the skies by the afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahome as placed our area in a general thunderstorms category with a more marginal risk to our south. See the difference below:
We've already seen severe weather reports coming in out of the Tallahassee area Friday morning. The National Weather Service reports a wind gust to 55 mph in Apalachicola this morning. There are many reports of trees down in the area. Gusty winds, possibly exceeding 50 mph will be possible, but not likely, in the Jax area later this morning.
The rain is expected to abruptly end by the early afternoon hours as the low begins to exit the region. Sunshine may even make an appearance by your drive home. It's looking much drier this weekend with temperatures moving up into the upper 60s and low 70s for daytime highs before another significant cold front moves in Sunday bringing a markedly colder change to the temperatures again with widespread freezes possible Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
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