EARLY TUE. UPDATE:
The storm system & front are on schedule with rain diminishing west to east between roughly noon & 3pm. The afternoon commute will be drier with even a little sun trying to peak through. Some gusty thunderstorms rolled across the area overnight with several measured wind gusts of 40-45 mph shortly after midnight. Rain has fallen everywhere with averaging .5-1.5", locally a bit more. An additional quarter of an inch or so will fall through early afternoon. Rain as of 7am:
Jax Beach: 1.78"
St. Augustine: 1.43"
NAS Jax: 1.31"
Arlington: 1.23"MONDAY NIGHT ORIGINAL POST:
The next storm system is already on the western horizon & will bring rain (everywhere) later Mon. night into Tue. The Tue. morning commute looks wet & slow with rainfall averaging .5 - 1", locally more. Rain will diminish west to east in the afternoon Tue. followed by cooler air. A stronger cold front will move across the First Coast Wed. ushering in some very chilly air. A freeze is likely early Thu....a borderline frost/freeze inland early Fri.... & yet another freeze early Sat. & Sun. Send First Alert photos ** here
The first band of clouds below is the wet front... the 2nd band of clouds diving south through the middle of the U.S. is a polar cold front that will bring much colder temps. to the First Coast.
Photos below are from the beautiful sunrise Mon. (..."pink in the morning, sailors take warning"...) - first pic from Harry Selsor, 2nd photo from Robert Miller. The last photo was snapped by our own Action News sports anchor Dan Hicken -- that's one busy mom!
As expected....Saturday was a stormy day with a squall line of storms moving from west to east affecting all of Jax, NE Fl. & SE Ga. Winds gust of 40-65 mph were reported downing some trees, breaking braches & snapping powerlines. At one time, nearly 15,000 homes were without power Sat. evening. The N.W.S. image below shows doppler estimated rainfall with a max of approx. 1.5" (with a few spots of 2") roughly along the I-10 corridor. A Jax N.W.S. slideshow is available ** here **. The last image below is First Alert Doppler HD & shows the squall line moving into NW Duval Co. a little before 4:30pm.