Much-needed rain may come tonight
Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.
A front moving across North Florida today and tonight will bring a good chance of much-needed rain. The front will be followed by noticeably cooler weather that may include light freezes over the weekend.
National Weather Service forecast for Gainesville
Today: A chance of rain, then rain likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. Calm wind becoming southwest between 8 and 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tonight: Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 51. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 61. West wind between 8 and 13 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 35. West wind between 5 and 8 mph.
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a west wind 5 to 8 mph increasing to between 15 and 18 mph. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 34.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 59.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 61.
Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Monday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.
Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
The National Weather Service in Jacksonville said the chance of rain in Alachua, Marion and other counties in the region will climb from about 40 percent at midday on Wednesday to 80 percent overnight. Skies are expected to begin clearing on Thursday morning and by Friday look for lots of sunshine, cool breezes and day time highs in the low 60s.
Light freezes are expected early Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The cooler weather will move out on Sunday night, leaving North Florida with at least a few days of dry, sunny weather with highs around 70 degrees.