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Beach & Marine Forecast thru Feb 3

A small area of fog is moving west across Apalachee Bay and will continue to do so through the late afternoon and evening. Expect the fog to move inland in that area later tonight.

Elsewhere...winds and seas will increase to advisory levels late tonight or early Wednesday as a strong cold front approaches from the west.

The cold front...accompanied by numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms with strong wind gusts...will pass through the coastal waters late Wednesday afternoon and evening...causing winds to shift to the northwest and the rain to end.

Advisory conditions will likely continue into Thursday...until a high pressure system settles over the region...allowing winds and seas to subside.

Forecast as of 4:03 PM EST on January 29, 2013

Small Craft Advisory in effect from late tonight through Thursday afternoon
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Small Craft Advisory
Statement as of 3:58 PM EST on January 29, 2013

Small Craft Advisory remains in effect from 5 am Wednesday to
1 PM EST Thursday...

* peak winds: south 20 to 25 knots.

* Peak seas: 7 to 9 feet.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Small Craft Advisory means that wind speeds of 20 to 33 knots...
and/or seas 7 feet or higher... are expected to produce hazardous
wave conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners...
especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid
navigating in these conditions.
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Apalachee Bay-
Coastal Waters From Apalachicola To Destin Fl Out 20 Nm-
Coastal Waters From Ochlockonee River To Apalachicola Fl Out To
20 Nm-
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-

Tonight
Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots...becoming south 15 to 20 knots after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 feet...increasing to 4 to 6 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop...increasing to choppy late. A slight chance of rain.

Wednesday
South wind 20 to 25 knots. Seas 6 to 9 feet. Protected waters rough. Showers and isolated thunderstorms. A few storms could be strong to severe.

Wednesday Night
West wind 20 to 25 knots...becoming northwest. Seas 7 to 10 feet. Protected waters rough. A chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening.

Thursday
North wind around 20 knots...becoming 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 7 to 10 feet...subsiding to 5 to 7 feet in the afternoon. Protected waters choppy...becoming a light chop in the afternoon.

Thursday Night
North wind around 10 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Protected waters smooth.

Friday
North wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.

Friday Night
Northeast wind around 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters smooth.

Saturday
East wind 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters smooth.

Saturday Night
Northwest wind around 10 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters smooth to a light chop.

Sunday
North wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.


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