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Unsettled weather in store for eastern U.S. into weekend

A complex weather system moving across the eastern U.S. will bring a variety of hazardous weather to the region on Friday and into the weekend. Much colder weather is expected by Saturday, along with numerous showers and accumulating snow in the higher elevations of the Appalachians. Rain and snow will move into northern New England on Sunday.
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Last Update: 413 PM EDT FRI OCT 31 2014

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Coastal waters from Apalachicola to Destin FL out 20 NM

Marine Zone Forecast

SEAS ARE PROVIDED AS A RANGE OF THE AVERAGE HEIGHT OF THE HIGHEST 1/3 OF THE WAVES...ALONG WITH THE OCCASIONAL HEIGHT OF THE AVERAGE HIGHEST 1/10 OF THE WAVES.

...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM EDT THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...
...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

  • SynopsisA COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP ACROSS THE NORTHEAST GULF OF MEXICO OVERNIGHT WITH STRONG GUSTY WINDS ARRIVING IN ITS WAKE. WHILE SUSTAINED GALES ARE NOT LIKELY...FREQUENT GUST OF 35 TO 40 KNOTS JUSTIFY THE GALE WARNING THAT IS IN EFFECT. WINDS WILL PEAK AROUND SUNRISE SATURDAY WITH OFFSHORE SEAS OCCASIONALLY REACHING AS HIGH AS 15 TO 17 FEET. HIGH PRESSURE WILL START TO BUILD SOUTHEASTWARD TOWARD THE WATERS LATER IN THE WEEKEND WITH CONDITIONS DROPPING BELOW HEADLINE CRITERIA BY MID MORNING SUNDAY. AS HIGH PRESSURE MOVES EAST OFF THE SOUTHEAST U.S. COAST...WINDS OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO WILL VEER TO THE EAST BY SUNDAY NIGHT. THIS PATTERN WILL PERSIST INTO WEDNESDAY WITH WINDS SURGING TO CAUTIONARY LEVELS EACH NIGHT THROUGH THE PERIOD.
  • Tonight Northwest wind 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 25 knots with gusts to gale force. Seas 3 to 5 feet building to 8 to 10 feet occasionally up to 13 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters choppy increasing to rough.
  • Saturday Northwest wind 20 to 25 knots. Gusts to 40 knots in the morning. Seas 10 to 12 feet occasionally up to 15 feet subsiding to 8 to 10 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters rough.
  • Saturday Night North wind 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet nearshore and 6 to 8 feet occasionally up to 10 feet offshore. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters choppy.
  • Sunday North wind around 15 knots becoming 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 feet occasionally up to 6 feet. Subsiding to 1 to 2 feet. Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters a moderate chop becoming smooth.
  • Sunday Night Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period 3 seconds. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.
  • Monday East wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.
  • Monday Night East wind around 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet occasionally up to 5 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop.
  • Tuesday And Tuesday Night East wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet occasionally up to 5 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.
  • Wednesday East wind 10 to 15 knots becoming 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 feet occasionally up to 5 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop becoming smooth. A slight chance of rain.



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Zone Area Forecast for Coastal waters from Apalachicola to Destin FL out 20 NM
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