Winds of change are blowing across the Suncoast tonight. And that change is bringing sharply cooler weather for the next few days.
A strong cold front passed by early Monday, bringing only scattered showers in some spots while other areas remained entirely dry. We have had only sparse rainfall over Florida so far this winter, and even long-range outlooks indicate we are not likely to get any for the rest of this month. This puts us at over 1 inch below normal for the month and nearly three and a quarter inches below normal for the year.
Much drier air is blowing over Florida right now and will get even cooler and drier when a second cold front passes by late Wednesday. Lows then will dip into the low 40s in most places. Lows tonight should be in the upper 40s along the Suncoast, but in the low and mid-40s inland.
But this cool spell won't last long. By Friday afternoon, we should warm to near normal and get even warmer still over the weekend. Highs by Saturday should be in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees with overnight lows near seasonal average.
But folks up north are under the gun from an approaching nor'easter tonight and Tuesday. Various warnings and watches are in effect for blizzard conditions in some coastal areas of New England. Since this nor'easter will pass closer to the coast that the past two storms, it will cause stronger winds and heavier snowfall.