JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – UPDATE: Severe storms have passed on and the atmosphere is less likely to support any strong storms through the late afternoon and evening. However rain will continue through the afternoon and into the evening primarily covering Northeastern Florida.
Heavy rain is still coming down in Duval, St. Johns and Clay counties and will likely do so through 5 pm. Rain is already easing over Nassau and into southern Georgia the rain has stopped.
The severe threats are practically gone while we will be left with moderate to heavy pockets of steady rain through late afternoon targeting areas south of I-10. During the evening rain will break up and push south. Most activity will be from St. Augustine to Palatka by 8 pm. Spotty showers are expected overnight but will pose less concern for heavy rain.
More rain could cause some flooding; McCoys Creek, Black Creek to be monitored.
Many places have already seen 1-3 inches, especially in Southern Georgia and Putnam and southern St. Johns counties.
The Weather Authority Alert Day is primarily for inconvenient and possibly disruptive rains.
The heaviest weather will pass in rounds. The first, before dawn Wednesday, hit Columbia County hard. Then, after an extended pause, another round most likely before the lunch hour then, later in the afternoon, further southward.
Amelia Island viewer Gary Palmer sent in video of waterspout
Recent rains put area creeks and low lying spots filled with water, back roads in Georgia also turning into muddy roads with standing water.
By Wednesday night, most areas will have seen around 3-5″ of beneficial rain this week, more than we got the entire month of March. We will see a few isolated severe thunderstorms with strong wind gusts and the potential for hail. The potential for isolated tornadoes is low. Expect warm temperature in the upper 70s between showers and winds out of the west, and then out of the north, between 5-10 mph.
Thursday dries out a bit, but will not be bone dry. Expect partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures in the mid to low 70s. We will see 20-30% chances for scattered showers and storms to develop in a line from Alachua county to St. Johns county.
Friday will be one of the drier days this week, under mostly cloudy skies we will warm into the upper 70s and you have a 30% chance to get rained on.
The weekend will not be as dry as you might hope. Saturday the chances for rain are higher, but we will still see some scattered storms on Sunday. Both days we will hit the mid-80s.