JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Happy Thanksgiving! The start to the holiday will be much different than the finish. After a calm, crisp morning the breeze will begin to pick up out of the northeast and a classic nor'easter sets up on the First Coast into Friday. Rough surf and seas, gusty wind, excessive tides, along with clouds and showers.
Later tonight and tomorrow, winds will be strong out of the northeast, gusting to 35-40 mph at times. A combination of the northeast wind, a full moon and an increasing swell, tides will reach levels 1-2 feet above normal. Some minor drainage and flooding issues along coastal roads likely tonight and Friday. Strong rip currents and waves breaking 6-9 ft expected through Friday as well.
Thanksgiving: The majority of Thanksgiving will be dry! Clouds will be on the increase later this afternoon along with the breeze. A few showers try to make their way onshore, but won't do so until after Thanksgiving dinner (think after 8pm). Most inland locations should by dry today, just breezy. Highs near 70 degrees.
Black Friday: Showers continue to work onshore through the night, so it'll be wet and windy waking up Friday morning. The onshore push continues through the day so expect showers on and off along the coast, heavy at times, with gusty winds. Some showers do work inland on Friday. With more cloud coverage, Friday's highs should be in the mid to upper 60s.
Weekend: Aside from a few early morning showers Saturday, things clear out for the weekend! More sun and temperatures reaching the mid to upper 80s! Things should also feel a bit tropical with increasing humidity. Next rain chances hold off until Monday.