Forecast: Wet, windy, chilly


Published: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 5:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 29, 2010 at 5:16 p.m.

Umbrellas, coats, gloves and boots will be coming out of the closet again this weekend.

Facts

GAINESVILLE FORECAST

The National Weather Service in Jacksonville provided the following forecast for Gainesville:

Friday night: A 40 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south.

Saturday: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a southwest wind between 9 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. North wind between 10 and 13 mph.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 58. Wind chill values as low as 35 early. North wind around 10 mph.

Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Northeast wind between 5 and 8 mph.

Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 62.

A low pressure system passing through South Georgia will be bringing a cold front and showers to the Gainesville area, according to meteorologist Marie Trabert with the National Weather Service.

Showers are expected to begin Saturday afternoon, with a 60 percent chance of rain, and end by Saturday evening, but the clouds should stay behind Saturday night. Cold weather is expected to start creeping in Saturday night, with an expected low around 41 degrees.

The showers are not expected to affect the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., in which former Gator quarterback Tim Tebow will be playing on Saturday. Mobile's temperature at 4 p.m., when the game begins, is expected to be partly cloudy with a 10 percent chance of precipitation. The chance is predicted to decrease to 0 percent by 5 p.m.

Warm winds from the southwest will keep the Gainesville area's high for Saturday in the low 70s, Trabert said.

"Winds will be around 15 to 20 miles per hour Saturday afternoon," Trabert said. "Usually when winds are at that speed they tend to have higher gusts.”

The winds will continue on Sunday but will be coming from the Northeast.

On Sunday winds are expected to be between 8 and 10 miles per hour with gusts up 20 miles per hour, Trabert said. In addition to the winds, a storm system from the Texas coast will be bringing cold weather on Sunday. Trabert said the weather service does not expect the high to exceed 59 degrees.

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