Showers, storms to drench Florida through Thanksgiving

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
November 21, 2017, 10:23:33 PM EST

Following several weeks of abnormally dry weather across Florida, a period of widespread rainfall is in store for the peninsula.

Many Florida cities have received less than 0.10 of an inch of rain for November through the middle of the month. During this period, a few inches typically fall.

High pressure, which maintains generally clear and calm weather, is expected to shift out of the area early this week, allowing a stormier pattern to take over.

“A pair of storm systems will bring two rounds of showers and heavier downpours to the Florida Peninsula this week,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott.

The first round of widespread showers and storms moved across much of the Peninsula early this week.

Static Wednesday SE

While Wednesday may turn out mostly dry, spotty showers are still forecast and storms are expected to fire again on Wednesday evening.

While the rain is needed, it may become disruptive since it is arriving during a week full of Thanksgiving travel.

“Allowing for extra driving time may not just be an option but a necessity as downpours cause jam ups on highways,” warned Elliott.

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“For those planning a family trip to the beach or theme parks, the rain has the potential to spoil those plans.”

Any outdoor cooking plans may have to be moved inside as Thanksgiving Day is set to turn out overcast and rainy.

Static US Thanksgiving Day

On-and-off showers and a few rumbles of thunder could continue to plague central and South Florida through Black Friday, putting a damper on holiday shopping.

“Some locations may receive 3 or more inches of rain through Friday,” Elliott said.

Those planning on participating in Small Business Saturday will enjoy a return of bright and sunny weather.

These favorable conditions are expected to continue through the weekend as Florida visitors prepare to travel home.

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