The National Weather Service has cancelled a flood advisory for Palm Beach County.
Heavy overnight rains that continued into this morning triggered the advisory, which was initially set to expire at 11:45 a.m.
“Showers continue to stream into northeast Palm Beach County, and with maximum rainfall accumulations in isolated areas near 3 to 5 inches mainly inland near the Acreage and Royal Palm Beach,” said NWS Miami meteorologist Brad Diehl.
Diehl said no flood reports have been reported as of 7:52 a.m.
Areas affected include West Palm Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, North Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens.
In Martin County, the flooding has shut down westbound lanes of Kanner Hwy., near Fishermans Cove. Also, the southbound lanes of Willoughby Road are shut down because of flooding, according to the sheriff’s office.
The deluge was not expected by forecasters in Miami who first noted the “fairly persistent rain” in their 9:30 advisory Monday night. In Martin County, meteorologists were forecasting “dry and very mild temps tonight,” according to a 4:30 Tweet on Monday.
But it is needed, especially along coastal Palm Beach County, which is suffering from a moderate drought. The showers were concentrated in Central and North Palm Beach County.
By 7 a.m., South Florida Water Management rain gauges were showing the following totals:
Jupiter: 0.73 inches
Jupiter Farms: 0.27 inches
North Palm Beach: 0.07
Royal Palm Beach: 1.22 inches
Forest Hill High School: 0.95 inches
Lake Worth: 1.09 inches
Martin County experienced the heavy rains this morning with the weather service in Melbourne reporting 4 inches in Port Salerno.
Despite the wet start, forecasters are still expecting a high of 83 degrees in West Palm Beach as abnormal warmth continues. Highs of 83 are more normal for late April and early May than February.
But is winter over? Forecasters say not just yet.
Astronomically, winter begins on the solstice, about Dec. 21, and ends on the spring equinox — when the midday rays of the sun shine directly on the equator. This year, that day is March 20, with daylight savings time beginning March 12.
“We’ve been known to see a system or two in March that will be very strong and bring a return of winter-like temperatures,” said James Thomas, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. “We’re not out of the woods as far as what March holds for winter systems, but we don’t see anything in the near future.”
A feeble cold front is expected to reach South Florida late this week, with Miami meteorologists saying it will “limp” through the state dropping high temperatures closer to normal readings of 81 on Friday and 78 on Saturday.
But Kottlowski said forecast models show a more robust front pushing through near the middle of next week, dropping the high temperature March 9 to 74 degrees with an overnight low of 56. Accuweather has the cooler temperatures sticking around to March 12.
“Just getting a normal cold front that drops temperatures a few degrees below normal may make March feel chillier than what we’ve experienced so far this winter because it’s been so warm,” Kottlowski said.