Heavy rain expected; flood warning for Santa Fe River


Published: Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 9:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 9:36 p.m.

A steady day of rain will start up the week, but skies will clear by Tuesday afternoon to make way for a week of sunny, dry weather and seasonal temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

Showers will pour down throughout the day Monday, with a possibility of some thunderstorms in the afternoon. About 1 to 2 inches of rain are expected to fall by the time the rain passes Tuesday morning, according to the NWS office in Jacksonville.

Winds are expected to be at 8 mph, a substantial decrease from Sunday’s gusts.

A slight chance of severe weather could emerge south of Alachua County, but little more than a few lightning strikes are expected in the area, according to NWS meteorologist Dave Shuler.

Showers are expected to continue until mid-Tuesday. Tuesday night will be partly cloudy with a light wind.

The heavy rainfall running off into the already swollen Santa Fe River has led the NWS to issue a flood warning on Sunday for the river in Alachua, Gilchrist and Columbia counties.

The Santa Fe River is expected to hit flood stage at Fort White at 2 a.m. Tuesday. The NWS warned residents to monitor local conditions and current weather reports.

Partly cloudy skies and sunshine will return midweek and will be the norm until the weekend, Schuler said.

Seasonal temperatures, ranging from the low-50s to the mid-70s, will persist throughout the week.

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