A strong cold front will pass over our Gulf of Mexico waters today with winds and seas increasing to solid advisory levels in its wake.
Gusts will remain on the high end of advisory criteria with a few gale force gusts possible.
Winds and seas will gradually begin to subside after midnight tonight...and fall to below advisory levels by dawn tomorrow.
Thereafter...a couple bouts of cautionary to advisory conditions are possible during the week as a few weak fronts pass across our waters.
Forecast as of 4:20 am EST on February 16, 2013
A Small Craft Advisory is in effect through Sunday morning
Coastal Waters From Apalachicola To Destin Fl Out 20 Nm-
Coastal Waters From Ochlockonee River To Apalachicola Fl Out To
Coastal Waters From Suwannee River To Keaton Beach Fl Out 20 Nm-
Waters From Apalachicola To Destin Fl From 20 To 60 Nm-
Waters From Suwannee River To Apalachicola Fl From 20 To 60 Nm-
Northwest wind quickly increasing from west to east to 20 to 25 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet west of Apalachicola...2 to 4 feet to the east...building to 5 to 7 feet nearshore...6 to 8 feet offshore...and 2 to 4 feet in Apalachee Bay. Protected becoming rough. A slight chance of rain.
Northwest wind 20 to 25 knots becoming north 15 to 20 knots late. Seas 7 to 9 feet offshore...5 to 7 feet closer to shore...and 2 to 4 feet in Apalachee Bay...subsiding only slightly through the night. Protected waters gradually decreasing to a moderate chop.
North wind 10 to 15 knots becoming light and variable late in the afternoon. Seas continuing to subside to 2 to 4 feet offshore...1 to 2 feet nearshore. Protected waters becoming smooth.
Light and variable wind becoming southeast around 15 knots late. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters smooth increasing to a light chop late.
Southeast wind 15 to 20 knots except around 15 knots east of Apalachicola. Seas 2 to 4 feet...except 1 to 2 feet in Apalachee Bay. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.
South wind around 20 knots west of Apalachicola...15 to 20 knots to the east. Seas 4 to 6 feet...except 2 to 4 feet east of Apalachicola. Protected waters choppy. A chance of rain.
South wind 15 to 20 knots becoming southwest in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop. A chance of rain and isolated thunderstorms.
Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots veering to northeast 15 to 20 knots late. Seas 2 to 4 feet...except 1 to 2 feet in Apalachee Bay. Protected waters increasing to a light to moderate chop. A slight chance of rain through the night.
Northeast wind around 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet...except 1 to 2 feet in Apalachee Bay. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.