JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It's not a tropical storm but it could certainly feel like one as a deepening nor'easter off our coast brings strong coastal winds and driving rains. So women, grab the Big and Sexy firm hold and men, hold on to the rugs on your head!
Take a look at the forecast winds for the immediate coast on Friday from two different model runs:
High winds are expected along the coast that may breach the tropical storm wind threshold in gusts. At this time, we are not anticipating that these will be sustained winds. That will be more in the 25-35 mph range.
Currently there are no coastal advisories but I suspect that we'll see wind and or gale advisories issued along with coastal flood and rip current advisories. Beach erosion may also become a fairly significant problem in some locations.
Not only will the wind be an issue but we're going to get socked in here with periods of heavy rain, especially on Thursday and Friday. Here's a look at one of the computers this morning. Keep in mind that these are just snap shots in time. There will be multiple rounds of heavy rain with light to moderate showers and periods of dry, cloudy weather in between through Saturday.
The National Weather Service is currently indicating that rainfall estimates will range from as little as half an inch for inland areas to as much as 2 inches for the coast. That is in good agreement with our in-house model that shows heavy rain along the coast with 2 to 3 inches possible through Friday.
Expect these gray, gloomy, rainy, windy days to come to an end just in time for the weekend!
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We'll continue to monitor this developing weather situation over the coming days. At this time, we are not anticipating a Weather Authority Alert Day but we'll continue to monitor the conditions in regards to any heightened alert.