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Beach & Marine Forecast thru Mar 8

With the northwesterly winds a bit slower to subside over the offshore legs...will continue the cautionary headline into this evening.

Winds and seas will continue to diminish over the marine area during the overnight and morning hours on Monday...as the wind direction gradually swings around from offshore to onshore by Monday afternoon.

Then...winds and seas will begin to approach cautionary levels once again on Monday night and Tuesday...as the next cold front approaches the coastal waters from the west.

Behind this cold front...a strong Small Craft Advisory is expected Tuesday night into Wednesday night with gusty northwesterly winds.

Forecast as of 3:24 PM EST on March 3, 2013

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-

Tonight
Northwest wind 10 to 15 knots becoming north at 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a light chop.

Monday
Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast at 10 to 15 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.

Monday Night
South wind increasing to around 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet building to 3 to 5 feet to the west of Panama City. Protected waters a moderate chop.

Tuesday
Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop to choppy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms to the west of Apalachicola in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night
West wind around 20 knots becoming northwest 20 to 25 knots and gusty after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 feet building to 5 to 7 feet. Protected waters choppy to rough. Isolated showers and thunderstorms.

Wednesday
Northwest wind 20 to 25 knots and gusty decreasing to around 20 knots in the afternoon. Seas 5 to 7 feet subsiding to 4 to 6 feet. Protected waters choppy to rough.

Wednesday Night
North wind around 20 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots late. Seas 4 to 6 feet subsiding to 2 to 4 feet. Protected waters choppy becoming a light to moderate chop.

Thursday
North wind 10 to 15 knots subsiding to around 10 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 feet subsiding to 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters a light to moderate chop.

Thursday Night
North wind around 10 knots becoming northeast. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters smooth to a light chop.

Friday
Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Protected waters smooth to a light chop.


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