Heavy rain ahead of a powerful cold front temporarily closed Fort Lauderdale International Airport on Sunday night during busy holiday travel.
The airport has since reopened with flights resuming as of 6:30 a.m. EST Monday. Unofficial gauges show as much as 10 inches of rain may have fallen in the past 24 hours in areas of southern coastal Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Flights at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach are running on time, according to the airport’s website. A tornado watch issued for most of South Florida has also been canceled for several counties, including Palm Beach.
Estimated rain totals in Palm Beach County are up to 6 inches in Boca Raton and up to 4 inches in West Palm Beach. Isolated showers are expected to continue through the morning, according to the National Weather Service in Miami. There could be another area of showers late this afternoon into early this evening as more moisture works its way east from the Gulf of Mexico.
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Coastal South Florida, as well as much of the Peninsula north of Lake Okeechobee remain under a marginal threat for severe weather Monday – the lowest threat level on the Storm Prediction Center’s scale.
Rain chances in West Palm Beach today are about 20 percent, increasing to 40 percent tonight, but mostly sunny skies are forecast for Tuesday with a high of 73 degrees. Christmas morning will dawn with a low of 58 and a sunny high of 78.
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