A wet chill looms in the forecast

Published: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 12:36 a.m.

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

A low-pressure system passing through South Georgia is expected to bring a cold front and showers to the Gainesville area today and cooler temperatures Sunday, said meteorologist Marie Trabert with the National Weather Service.

There's a 60 percent chance of rain showers expected this afternoon through the evening.

Cold weather is expected to start creeping in tonight, with an expected overnight low of around 40 degrees.

While rain likely will dampen this weekend's Hoggetowne Medieval Faire at the Alachua County Fairgrounds, further to the north wet weather is not expected to affect today's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., in which Tim Tebow is expected to play.

Mobile is expected to be partly cloudy with a 10 percent chance of precipitation for its 4 p.m. kickoff.

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

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

On Sunday, the front will bring lower temperatures but clear skies with a predicted overnight low of 38, Trabert said. Sunday's high temperatures are not expected to exceed 59 degrees.

The storm has not caused any flight delays or cancellations of flights at Gainesville Regional Airport, said Michelle Danisovsky, the airport's public relations and government affairs manager.

Monday is expected to bring partly cloudy skies and a high in the mid-60s.

Monday night again brings a chance of showers and storms, but low temperatures are not expected to dip below 50 degrees.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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