Southwesterly winds increasing ahead of an approaching frontal boundary will shift to westerly and then offshore tonight as the front moves through the marine area.
Cautionary winds are possible for a brief time behind the front...but high pressure will move in quickly resulting in light winds on Wednesday.
Winds and seas will quickly build on Wednesday night as the next storm system approaches the area.
Advisory level winds and seas are likely with this system Thursday into Friday.
Forecast as of 3:27 PM EST on December 17, 2012
Small craft exercise caution
Coastal Waters From Apalachicola To Destin Fl Out 20 Nm-
Waters From Apalachicola To Destin Fl From 20 To 60 Nm-
West wind 15 to 20 knots becoming northwest around 15 knots late tonight. Seas 4 to 6 feet. Protected waters choppy becoming a moderate chop. A slight chance of showers in the evening.
North wind around 15 knots becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop becoming smooth.
Southeast wind around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters smooth.
Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the late morning and afternoon. Seas around 2 feet. Protected waters smooth increasing to a light to moderate chop.
South wind 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet building to 3 to 4 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop increasing to choppy. Showers and thunderstorms likely after midnight.
South wind around 20 knots becoming southwest 20 to 25 knots early in the afternoon...then becoming west late in the afternoon. Seas 5 to 6 feet building to 6 to 8 feet. Protected waters choppy increasing to rough. Showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning...then a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Northwest wind 20 to 25 knots. Seas 6 to 9 feet. Protected waters rough. A slight chance of rain in the evening.
North wind 20 to 25 knots becoming 10 to 15 knots. Seas 7 to 9 feet subsiding to 6 to 7 feet. Protected waters rough becoming a light to moderate chop.
North wind around 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.
Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots becoming north 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop becoming smooth.
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