Beach & Marine Forecast thru Jan 2

A cold front was moving across the western waters overnight with winds shifting to northwest in its wake.

Latest forecast winds show 20 knot winds reaching western waters and beginning to spread eastward to the Apalachee Bay.

As the front exits east of our waters later today...offshore winds and seas should then stay elevated for much of the weekend with seas peaking at 8 feet at the offshore buoys.

Winds and seas will drop below headline criteria by Sunday evening and then gradually veer to onshore once again for early next week.

The next cold front is forecast to cross the waters Tuesday evening.

Forecast as of 4:05 am EST on December 29, 2012

Small Craft Advisory in effect through Sunday morning

Coastal Waters From Apalachicola To Destin Fl Out 20 Nm-
Waters From Apalachicola To Destin Fl From 20 To 60 Nm-

Today
Northwest wind around 20 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet. Protected waters choppy.

Tonight
Northwest wind around 20 knots becoming north 20 to 25 knots in the late evening. Seas 4 to 6 feet nearshore...and 6 to 8 feet offshore. Protected waters choppy to rough.

Sunday
Northeast wind around 20 knots becoming 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas nearshore 4 to 6 feet subsiding to 3 to 4 feet. Seas offshore 6 to 8 feet subsiding to 4 to 6 feet. Protected waters choppy becoming a moderate chop.

Sunday Night
East wind around 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.

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

Monday Night
Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters smooth increasing to a light to moderate chop after midnight. A chance of rain.

Tuesday
Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop. A chance of rain.

Tuesday Night
Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northwest late in the evening...then becoming north 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Seas 3 to 4 feet. Protected waters smooth increasing to a light to moderate chop after midnight. A chance of rain.

Wednesday
Northeast wind around 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop. A chance of rain in the morning...then rain likely in the afternoon.


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