Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Weather Outlook for Tuesday, December 8

A warm frontal boundary over the central Florida Peninsula and northern Gulf of Mexico will lift north today over the Gulf Coast and North Florida. As the front lifts north, south winds will result in a warm and muggy airmass across the area which could produce some isolated areas of showers today over portions of the state. Showers will become more numerous across the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend this afternoon and through tonight as a cold frontal system moves east into the Mississippi Valley. Rainfall values should not exceed 1 inch.

Thunderstorms will also be possible tonight and a few could become strong or severe. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the Florida Panhandle, west of Jackson and Bay counties, in a slight risk area for severe weather. However, strong storms may be possible across all of North Florida. The greatest threat will be isolated strong gusty winds in excess of 60mph, but small hail will also be possible west of Tallahassee along with the threat for an isolated tornado.
Light winds combined with increasing moisture will support areas of fog across Central Florida and Southwest Florida areas both Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Residents and visitors to these areas are encouraged to drive with extra caution in locations with reduced visibility due to fog.

Temperatures this afternoon will rise into the upper 60s to upper 70s across North Florida areas today, with lower 80s forecast for Central and South Florida areas. Tonight, well above normal temperatures in the low 60s areto low 70s are expected across much of the state, except across far southern South Florida and the Florida Keys where lows in the mid to upper 70s are forecast.
Increasing onshore winds will result in a moderate risk of rip currents today along Florida Panhandle beaches.

A River Flood Warning continues for the Choctawhatchee River near Bruce and Caryville and the Apalachicola River near Blountstown. Only minor flooding is occurring at this time for the Apalachicola River and the Choctawhatchee River at Caryville, but moderate flooding is occurring along the Choctawhatchee River downstream near Bruce.
Weather Images Courtesy of Weather Services International

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