Scattered showers and light rain are expected in parts of Florida today, but conditions should improve in time for Thanksgiving.
Overnight rain prompted flood warnings for Brevard and Indian River counties. Brevard received between 1 and 2 inches of rain Tuesday, and another 2 inches is expected Tuesday night, according to National Weather Service, Melbourne.
Good news continues to come in the tropics, with no tropical activity expected for the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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The disturbance that brought rain from Jacksonville to Miami on Sunday brought repeated rainfall to several areas in the Sunshine State this week, according to AccuWeather meteorologist La Troy Thornton.
The rain could disrupt flights across the state and affect motorists hitting the roads on Thanksgiving Day.
Onshore winds combined with rough surf and high tides could bring even more beach erosion to areas like Daytona Beach hit hard by Hurricane Nicole, AccuWeather forecasters said.
Dangerous rip currents and rough surf keep you out of the water.
What is the weather forecast for Thanksgiving in Florida?
According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Bill Deger, the rain that has hit Florida since Sunday should move out by Thanksgiving. Scattered showers may remain in east-central Florida, but most of the Sunshine State should be dry.
Temperatures are forecast to be pleasant, ranging from the low to mid 70s in the Panhandle and northern 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 around 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: 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
- Melbourne: 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.
- Port of St. Lucy: 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm east northeast wind 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 predicts that more than 54 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving. This is close to pre-pandemic levels.
Nearly 49 million are expected to reach their destinations and may face record high gas prices. On Thanksgiving, the national average for gas is estimated at $3.68 a gallon, up about 20 cents from last year’s Thanksgiving, according to a recent GasBuddy report.
The last record Thanksgiving gas prices were in 2012 with a national average of $3.44.
More than 4 million will fly, an increase of more than 330,000 passengers compared to 2021.
If you’re driving, expect severe congestion on freeways in and around Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, according to INRIX, a traffic analytics company.
To avoid the busiest times, INRIX recommends traveling early Wednesday morning or before 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Avoid the peak hours between 16:00 and 20:00 from Friday to Sunday.
The weather forecast for Thanksgiving could cause problems for travelers
Conditions are set for a major storm over the central US on Thanksgiving Day. Impacts could spread to the east over the weekend.
According to AccuWeather, travelers should be prepared for everything from heavy rain and wind to accumulating snow.
Experts said the weather system could bring delays to both air travelers and motorists. Chicago, Atlanta and New York may face fallout.
What is in the tropics?
“The western Caribbean Sea is being watched for potential developments at the end of the month,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham.
“With low wind shear and very warm water in the area, conditions could become favorable for development between November 28 and December 1.”
No tropical cyclone is expected in the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory.
While November is not known for tropical storms, they are still possible.
According to NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, 50 hurricanes formed in November between 1851 and 2020, but only three of them made landfall in the United States.
The most recent was Hurricane Eta in 2020, which made landfall in the Florida Keys as a tropical storm on November 8 before making landfall again near Cedar Key on November 12.
Nicole was the last storm to form in the Atlantic basin. If another storm develops, it will be Owen.
Meteorologists continue to urge all residents to continue to monitor the tropics and to always be prepared.
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