UPDATE: Storms should clear out before SunFest

Update 11 a.m.: National Weather Service meteorologists are expecting today’s storms to clear out of Palm Beach County before SunFest doors open at 5 p.m.

The forecast has been a tricky one because a lot depended on how swiftly the showers move through.

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While some rain may be on the back side of the cold front, which was preceded by the storms, it shouldn’t be too heavy or widespread.

“Three to five more hours and we’ll be looking at a much different scenario,” said NWS meteorologist Steven Ippoliti. “In general, most of this looks to be clearing out by 4 p.m.”

Video: Jaw dropping images of today’s storms in Palm Beach County.

Update 9:50 a.m.: The showers are moving east at about 15 to 20 mph with gusty winds up to 35 mph.

Moderate to heavy rain is expected with as much as 2 inches in some areas where the heaviest showers stall.

Previous story: A line of showers ahead of a cold front is moving through Palm Beach County this morning with gusty winds up to 34 mph and lightning already hitting northwestern and central areas of Palm Beach County.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

Heavy lightning with today’s storms. Radar image as of 8:50 a.m.

This morning, meteorologists believe coastal Palm Beach County will still be able to heat into the mid to high 80s, which means more robust thunderstorms are possible this afternoon as the front passes.

“A few 90 degree readings may even be possible. If precipitation holds off, there may be some additional regeneration of convectin as it approaches the east coast, especially in Palm Beach County,” forecasters wrote this morning.

 

The storms are not expected to bring severe weather, but increasing winds in the middle atmosphere will allow for gusty, fast-moving storms, “especially if we see more peaks of sun.”

“We cannot rule out the possibility of a stray storm or two,” said Tony Reynes, lead forecaster for the NWS in Miami. “This will be a slow mover, so we’re not expecting it to move across and clear the area quickly. We are expecting showers to last most of the day and after the front passes.”

The system is expected to be through the state by early Saturday morning. The map below shows the front’s location at 2 p.m. today.

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