JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thursday morning has been declared a Weather Authority Alert Day due to disruptive rain that will impact your morning routine and commute. Over an inch of rain has fallen in just an hour filling the roads with water. Traffic could be slow-moving as the heavy rain makes for low visibilities and slick roadways.
The heaviest rain is moving across Jacksonville through 6 am and into St. Augustine through 7 am.
This rain moves out quick so that by 8 am showers will be nearly over. By 10am clouds linger but begin breaking up by noon.
A strong cold front sweeps in from west to east across the entire area returning sunshine this afternoon and boosting wind gusts oveer 30 mph from the west.
Severe weather is unlikely except for areas well south of Orlando.
Greatest impacts will come in the form of gusty sustained pre-downpour/storm winds and intense blinding rains that may last up to an hour or two and bring rainfall amount between 0.8 and 1.25 inches. Greatest threat for heavy rains will be between now through 8 a.m. Thursday.
The bulk of the rain will be pushing through our I-95 counties between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.
Expect drier conditions as we head toward lunchtime, with clearing skies and gusty winds. Our temperatures will hold in the 60s all day before dropping into the upper 30s late Thursday night into Friday morning.