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Sunny and Cool Conditions for the Florida Panhandle Today...Increased Precipitation Chances Along The Peninsula...Patchy to Locally Dense Fog Expected This Morning...Freeze Watch In Effect From Late Tonight Into Early Tomorrow Morning For Portions of The Florida Panhandle...Moderate Rip Current Risk For Northeast and Panhandle Coast Beaches...Updated 9:45 am EST Friday March 6
Fog has formed across much of West-Central and Southwest Florida this morning, with locally dense fog in many locations. As a result, there is Dense Fog Advisory in effect until 10 AM EST this morning for Coastal Pinellas, Coastal Manatee, Coastal Sarasota, Coastal Charlotte, Coastal Lee, and inland Lee County. A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one mile. Drivers are urged to use caution while driving, as this could cause rapid changes in visibility. Should you encounter fog on your early morning commute remember to slow down, leave extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you, and use your low-beam headlights.
A cold front will approach and move into South Florida today. This boundary combined with plenty of moisture will increase cloud cover and precipitation chances in South-central and South Florida. High pressure will build in behind the cold front, with a much cooler airmass in place today. Areas along the Panhandle will see mostly sunny skies, and areas along Northeast and North-central Florida will see clouds decreasing today, however rain chances will still be elevated along the East Coast due to lingering moisture and onshore northeasterly winds.
The cold front will stall out across the southern half of the Peninsula tonight, keeping rain chances and cloud cover in the forecast for South Florida. In addition, northeasterly winds in the wake of the boundary and lingering moisture will keep precipitation chances elevated (<20%) through the overnight hours along the East Coast in Northeast and Central Florida. A chilly night is in store for North Florida as temperatures fall into the 30s for most areas. Best chances for freeze is over the western & eastern Panhandle and north of I-10 in the Big Bend and Northeast Florida. Currently there is a Freeze Watch in effect from late tonight through Saturday morning for inland Walton & Holmes county. A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible. These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. When cold weather is in the forecast, it is important to remember the “5 P’s of Cold Weather Safety.” The 5 P’s are: Protect People, Protect Pets, Protect Plants, Protect Pipes, Practice Fire Safety. Across Central Florida, lows will range from the upper 40s north to lower 60s south and across South Florida, lows ill be in the 60s.
Breezy to windy onshore northeasterly winds combined with building seas will produce locally rough surf along Northeast Florida beaches today. As a result, there is a moderate risk of rip currents from Nassau to Flagler County. In addition, surf heights around 1 to 2 feet will keep a moderate risk of rip currents at Panhandle beaches. The remainder of the Florida beaches will have a low risk of rip currents. Beach goers are urged to check with local beach rescue for the latest surf conditions and not to enter the surf above your knees. Always Heed the advice of ocean rescue personnel and swim within sight of a lifeguard. For more information on rip currents click here.
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