Saturday Morning Update:
A trough stationed over the area and a weak area of low pressure just off the coast of Jacksonville will work in tandem to produce some stronger storms today, especially in the along and east of the I-75 corridor. Expect heavy downpours, gusty winds, and frequent lightning. With the heavy rainfall we saw Friday evening, we could see some localized flooding. Residents are encouraged to make alternative plans to outdoor activities, and to head indoors if storm clouds approach. Remember you can always track the storms with us live on our interactive radar, right here on our website.
Several weak, but important, weather features are making for a tricky forecast over the coming days. However, one thing is for certain – umbrellas should be a part of the ensemble this weekend.
- North Central Florida is rounding out the week with strong westerly flow making Friday’s rain event almost identical to Thursday’s.
- A shift in the winds more out of the east will lead to stronger storms further inland along the I-75 corridor, especially where the sea breezes collide.
- Drier air moving in on Sunday will make the last day of your weekend the one most favorable for outdoor plans.
The Gulf sea breeze will remain dominant triggering rain in the early morning hours along the nature coast. Stronger activity will develop after 1 pm and will primarily remain to the north of Gainesville (along the I-10 corridor), eventually shifting to the east of Hwy 301 during the late afternoon and evening hours. Skies should clear by 10 pm.
The activity will be scattered, with locally heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms
Alachua county is going to see stronger activity in the afternoon. The winds shift to a more dominant easterly flow and the Atlantic sea breeze takes control, causing a merger to occur further inland and closer to the I-75 corridor.
Folks should still expect some pop-up afternoon showers but much more scattered and with less coverage overall due to to a pocket drier air moving in.