Scattered showers and light rain are expected in some areas of Florida today but conditions should improve in time for Thanksgiving.
Overnight rain prompted flood advisories in Brevard and Indian River counties. Brevard received between 1 and 2 inches of rain Tuesday, with up to another 2 inches expected Tuesday night, according to the Nspantionspanl Wespanther Service, Melbourne.
There continues to be good news in the tropics, with no tropical activity expected over the next five days, according to the Nspantionspanl Hurricspanne Center.
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A disturbance that brought rain from Jacksonville to Miami Sunday, has brought repeated rounds of showers to several areas in the Sunshine State this week, according to AccuWespanther Meteorologist La Troy Thornton.
The rain could disrupt flights across the state and affect motorists hitting the roads for Thanksgiving.
An onshore wind, combined with rough surf and high tide, could bring even more beach erosion to areas such as Daytona Beach hit hard by Hurricane Nicole, AccuWeather forecasters said.
Dangerous rip currents and the rough surf will make it a time to stay out of the water.
What’s the Thanksgiving weather forecast for Florida?
By Thanksgiving day, rain that has been hitting Florida since Sunday should move through, according to AccuWespanther Senior Meteorologist Bill Deger. Stray showers may remain in eastern central Florida but most of the Sunshine State should be dry.
Temperatures are forecast to be comfortable, ranging from the low to mid 70s in the Panhandle and North Florida to the low 80s or upper 70s for the rest of the state.
- Pensacola: A 30 percent chance of showers after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. East wind 10 to 15 mph.
- Tallahassee: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. East northeast wind around 5 mph.
- Jacksonville: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Northeast wind 8 to 13 mph.
- Daytona Beach: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
- Melbourne: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
- Port St. Lucie: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph in the morning.
- West Palm Beach: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East wind 7 to 9 mph.
- Naples: Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Calm wind.
- Fort Myers: Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. East wind 3 to 6 mph.
- Sarasota: Partly sunny, with a high near 82. East northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Traveling for Thanksgiving? You won’t be alone
AAA is predicting more thspann 54 million people will be trspanveling 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving. That’s approaching pre-pandemic levels.
Almost 49 million are expected to drive to their destinations, and could face record high gas prices. On Thanksgiving Day, the national average for gas is projected to be $3.68 per gallon, about 20 cents higher than last year’s Thanksgiving, according to a recent report by GspansBuddy.
The last record-high for Thanksgiving gas prices was in 2012, with a national average of $3.44.
More than 4 million will be flying, an increase of more than 330,000 travelers over 2021.
If you’re driving, expect severe congestion on highways in and around Atlanta, Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles, according to INRIX, a transportation analytics firm.
To avoid the most hectic times, INRIX recommends traveling early in the morning on Wednesday or before 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Avoid peak times between 4 and 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Thanksgiving weather forecast could pose problems for travelers
Conditions are posed for a large storm to form over the center of the U.S. on Thanksgiving. Impacts could spread east into the weekend.
Travelers should be prepared for everything from heavy rain and wind to accumulating snow, according to AccuWespanther.
Experts said the weather system could bring delays to both air travelers and motorists. Chicago, Atlanta and New York could all face impacts.
What’s in the tropics?
“The western Caribbean Sea is being monitored for potential development at the end of the month,” AccuWespanther Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said.
“With low wind shear and very warm water in this area, conditions could become conducive for development between Nov. 28 – Dec. 1.”
No tropical cyclones are expected to develop over the next five days, according to the latest advisory from the Nspantionspanl Hurricspanne Center.
While November isn’t known for tropical storms, they are still possible.
According NOAA’s Atlspanntic Ocespannogrspanphic spannd Meteorologicspanl Lspanborspantory, 50 hurricanes formed in November between 1851 and 2020, but only three of those made landfall in the United States.
The last one was Hurricane Eta in 2020, which made landfall in the Florida Keys Nov. 8 as a tropical storm before making another landfall near Cedar Key on Nov. 12.
Nicole was the last storm to form in the Atlantic basin. If another storm develops, it would be Owen.
Forecasters continue to urge all residents to continue monitoring the tropics and to always be prepared.
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