Tracking Three Storms with Widespread Impacts this Week

A winter storm will bring snow and some ice to the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast today while strong thunderstorms will be possible in portions of Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Additional heavy mountain snow and gusty winds will continue in the Southwest from a second storm. A third storm will bring heavy coastal rain and mountain snow to California and the Northwest tonight into Friday.
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Last Update: 334 PM EST Tue Jan 26 2021

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Tallahassee, FL Local Forecast Office

15NM SW Steinhatchee FL

Marine Zone Forecast


Synopsis: A cold front draped over the southeast US has been producing scattered showers and thunderstorms across mainly our westernmost waters and coastal Panhandle this afternoon. This activity has made for cautionary boating conditions in those zones today. A Special Marine Warning is currently in effect for nearshore and portions of offshore legs extending between Okaloosa-Walton and Mexico Beach, FL until 3pm CST where wind gusts greater than 34 knots, small hail, and waterspouts are possible. The potential for areas of fog also exists late tonight into tomorrow morning. Held off on a Marine Dense Fog Advisory because of the uncertainty with the nearby convection.

Convective activity is forecast to persist through Wed and shift east with the progress of the front. Therefore, cautionary boating conditions prevail today and tomorrow, with locally hazardous winds and seas near thunderstorms. Once the front clears the area, strong northerly winds filter in its wake, leading to Advisory levels Wed night through early Thurs. Gale-force gusts will be a possibility as well. Cautionary or borderline winds and seas are expected heading into the weekend. Rain chances return on Sat night.

Tonight
South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms through the night. Areas of fog after midnight.
Wednesday
Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop. Areas of fog in the morning. Chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night
North winds 20 to 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters choppy. Slight chance of showers in the evening.
Thursday
North winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters choppy.
Thursday Night
Northeast winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop.
Friday
Northeast winds 10 knots decreasing to around 5 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a light chop.
Friday Night
North winds 5 to 10 knots becoming east 10 knots in the late evening. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a light chop.
Saturday
Southeast winds 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop.
Saturday Night
South winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop. Slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight.
Sunday
Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters choppy. Slight chance of showers in the morning. Slight chance of thunderstorms through the day. Chance of showers in the afternoon.
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Last Update: 334 PM EST Tue Jan 26 2021
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