What three cold fronts this week mean for South Florida

Three cool fronts will reach South Florida this week, with the first pushing through late today with minimal affects.

National Weather Service forecasters in Miami said spotty showers are possible with the weak system, but the mercury isn’t expected to move much.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

Today’s high in West Palm Beach is expected to reach 79 degrees, three degrees above normal, with tomorrow’s daytime high reaching 80 degrees.


The second cold front is forecast to move through Wednesday into Thursday. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted Florida as an area for possible thunderstorms and marginally severe weather on those days.

Chances of thunderstorms are forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.
Chances of thunderstorms are forecast for Wednesday and Thursday.

Drier air and lower temperatures are forecast for Thursday and Friday with daytime highs reaching 75 degrees both days and overnight lows in the high 50s following the second front. That’s more of a return to normal temperatures and up to 10 degrees colder than Wednesday.



Sunrise Feb. 13, 2017 over Palm Beach
Sunrise Feb. 13, 2017 over Palm Beach

The third cold front is more of a mystery at this point.

Meteorologists said in this morning’s discussion that the front is part of a “jet stream-induced” storm system, indicating it could stronger than the first two fronts.

Related: See if the storm is hitting your favorite city with these live cams

That is supposed to move through the Peninsula late Saturday or early Sunday, and forecasters are calling for an increase in rain chances Saturday and Saturday night.

Thunderstorm possibilities “are something that bears watching,” but for now the system is too far away to make clear forecasts.

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And what follows that third front? Not cool air.

“Little cool air is currently expected with this front, and present forecast suggest even warmer temperatures in drier air behind the front on Sunday,” forecasters wrote.

Of course “cold front” is all relative.

A blizzard is hitting  New England today, closing schools and threatening more than a foot of snow.

In some areas, this is the second storm in less than a week to unleash a blizzard and over a foot of snow, according to Accuweather. 

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