The soggy pipeline continues, with our next moisture-laden wave riding the “express” into North-Central Florida on Wednesday. The image to the left is a snapshot of Futuretrack, one of our high-resolution models we show on air, at 3pm Wednesday afternoon. Quick on the heels of Tuesday’s weak front, a wave of low pressure is forecast to develop along the front in the Eastern Gulf. This wave will help to pull deeper tropical moisture back in our direction, setting the stage for what could be a very wet period of weather beginning Wednesday afternoon and lasting through Thursday. It should be noted that some of the rain Wednesday evening could last well into the night, something that typically only happens with cool season fronts or storm systems.
A pattern such as this lends itself to heavy amounts of rain in some spots, especially where showers and thunderstorms might repeatedly move over some of the same areas. Forecast data suggests this could happen near a line from Cedar Key to Lake City, where up to 2 inches of rain will be possible in the next 48 hours. Rainfall amounts of at least 3/4 of an inch are expected in most areas through Thursday.
The Bottom Line
Forecast trends suggest the highest chances for rain on Wednesday will occur after 2pm, but a shower can not be ruled out at anytime. Temperatures will be held down due to the anticipated clouds and rain, mostly topping out in the lower 80s. Severe weather is NOT expected, but some locally heavy rain in stronger thunderstorms would be possible Wednesday evening.