Rain, Then Turning Very, Very Cold

December 31, 2017

Sunday: Rain likely. Otherwise cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 38 by 5pm. North wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Today: Rain likely, then cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 41 by 5pm. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of rain before 9pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 24. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

New Year’s Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Wind chill values between 10 and 20. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. Wind chill values between 5 and 10. North wind 10 to 15 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. North wind around 10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. North wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 44. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night: Clear, with a low around 22. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 41. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 21.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 42.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 24.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 47.

Do Not Call: Florida’s Top 10 Consumer Complaints Of 2017

December 31, 2017

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services released today the top 10 consumer complaints filed with the department in 2017. Complaints about violations of the state’s Do Not Call list were the most common, followed by complaints related to landlord/ tenant issues, fuel and gasoline, and motor vehicle repair.

In 2017, the department received 40,855 complaints and responded to 215,870 calls, 16,247 emails and 11,464 online chats from consumers. The top 10 complaints were:
1. Do Not Call –19,112
2. Landlord/Tenant – 2,164
3. Fuel/Petroleum – 1,555
4. Motor Vehicle Repair – 1,386
5 .Medical Billing – 1,253
6. Communications – 1,160
7. ther/Miscellaneous – 1,105
8. Travel/Vacation Plans – 1,028
9. Motor Vehicle/Sales Accessories – 1,021
10. Construction – 973

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is the state’s clearinghouse for consumer complaints, protection and information. The call center is staffed with trained analysts who can respond to questions about programs and regulations under the department’s purview and provide information on a wide variety of topics or direct callers to the appropriate government agency.

Freezing Cold — Pets, Plants, Pipes And Other Tips

December 31, 2017

When temperatures fall into the 20’s, it is time to take necessary precautions to protect pipes, pets and plants, and check on elderly friends and neighbors.

For tonight’s latest forecast, click here.

Here are  ways to stay safe during this year’s first round of cold temperatures, courtesy of the American Red Cross:

  • Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing body heat.
  • Know the signs of hypothermia – confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. If someone  has these symptoms, they should get immediate medical attention.
  • Watch for symptoms of frostbite including numbness, flushed gray, white, blue or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy feeling skin.
  • Bring the pets indoors. If that’s not possible, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.
  • Avoid frozen pipes – run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent them from freezing. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night to help avoid freezing pipes.
  • Do not use a stove or oven to heat the home.
  • Space heaters should sit on a level, hard surface and anything flammable should be kept at least three feet away.
  • If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

And here are a few extra details and tips from ECUA on protecting pipes against the freeze:

  • Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas: Pipes located in unheated areas of your house, such as a garage or crawl space under the house or in the attic, are subject to freezing.  If you have time to do this before freezing temperatures arrive, wrap these pipes with insulation materials made especially for this purpose.  These materials can be found in most hardware stores or home improvement centers.
  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses:  Detach all hoses from faucets and allow them to drain.  This action guards against the water in the hose or pipe from freezing and bursting the faucet or pipe to which it is connected.
  • Run a trickle of water: When forecasts call for sustained and / or severe freezing temperatures, run a thin trickle of water from the faucet furthest from the water line coming to your house.  Usually this is in a room at the back of the house or outside, in the yard.  Allowing the water to circulate through your home’s plumbing helps to keep it from freezing.  Some consider this a waste of water but the cost of the water used is extremely slight compared to repairing broken pipes and the resulting water damage.
  • Remember the backflow preventer: Residents and business owners who have backflow preventers on their properties for water lines, fire lines, irrigation systems, and swimming pools need to protect their backflow preventers from freeze as well.  Extended freezes can burst the body of the backflow assembly, rendering it useless.  Wrap these pipes with insulation materials, made especially for this purpose.  These materials can be found in most hardware stores or home improvement centers.  If the device and the water line are not in use at this time (i.e., irrigation system or swimming pool lines), shut off the water supply line and drain the backflow device.

Florida Gov’t 2017 Roundup: Turbulent Times In Tallahassee

December 31, 2017

Scandal, storms and sniping were the hallmarks of 2017 in Florida, where political squalls and natural disasters created havoc in the Capitol and sent tremors through the Sunshine State.

http://www.northescambia.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/floridaweeklly.jpgThe resignations of not one, not two, but three state senators, the impacts of hurricanes Irma and Maria and infighting among Republican lawmakers were just some of the highlights of a year to which many are eager to bid adieu and perhaps even more wish never happened at all.


The political drama that gripped the Senate and rocked the Capitol this fall is atypical of an election off-year.

But the scandal that eventually forced out one of the Legislature’s most powerful members mirrored the ignominies that brought down powerful men in the media, in the movies and in boardrooms across the country.

The toppling of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, accused of sexually assaulting or harassing dozens of women, and the ensuing #MeToo social-media campaign emboldened women to tell stories of abuse or inappropriate treatment that remained under wraps in state capitols like Florida’s — among other work environs populated by powerful men — in some cases for decades.

In Florida, the focus on sexual conduct began in late October with the resignation of former state Sen. Jeff Clemens, who left the Legislature after admitting he had an extramarital affair with a lobbyist. Clemens, a Lake Worth Democrat who resigned after a report in Politico Florida about the dalliance, was slated to take over as leader of the Senate Democrats following the 2018 elections.

Instead, constituents in his District 31 will remain without a senator until after the legislative session ends in March.

Before Capitol insiders even caught their breath following Clemens’s resignation, an even-more prominent senator — Jack Latvala — was in the spotlight.

For years, Latvala flexed his muscle as a power broker, often putting the brakes on right-wing priorities of his fellow Republicans and championing legislation that benefited teachers, firefighters, cops and prison guards.

But the Clearwater Republican likely will go down in history as a villain accused of engaging in a pattern of sexual harassment and possibly breaking ethics rules and laws.

To the end, Latvala steadfastly maintained his innocence, pointing the finger for his downfall at political foes and even a special master brought in to investigate the senator’s alleged wrongdoing.

Latvala, 66, announced his resignation Dec. 20, less than a day after Special Master Ronald Swanson, a former judge, recommended a criminal probe into allegations that the longtime lawmaker had promised legislative favors for sex.

Latvala quit amid increasing pressure — including from Gov. Rick Scott — to step down after Swanson found probable cause to support allegations that the senator had repeatedly groped Senate aide Rachel Perrin Rogers and engaged in a pattern of making unwelcome remarks about women’s bodies.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is handling a preliminary inquiry into allegations of possible public corruption.

The inquiry is based on Swanson’s findings related to an unidentified former lobbyist. Swanson found that the testimony of the former lobbyist and text-message exchanges between the senator and the woman indicated that Latvala may have violated ethics rules as well as “laws prohibiting public corruption” by agreeing to support the lobbyist’s legislative priorities if she would have sex with him or “allowed him to touch her body in a sexual manner.”

Latvala — a churlish and sometimes crass curmudgeon — has been a political player for four decades. He returned to the Senate in 2010 after an earlier stint that ended because of term limits.

But his political fortunes quickly plummeted in the aftermath of the revelations. Less than two months ago, he held the powerful title of Senate appropriations chairman, a post he lost after the allegations were made public.

In his resignation letter to Senate President Joe Negron, Latvala condemned the process that resulted in Swanson’s damning report. The resignation is effective Jan. 5, four days before the start of the 2018 legislative session.

An unyielding Latvala — painted as a vindictive bully by witnesses — took some parting shots at Negron in what might have been his final words to the Senate, saying he hated to leave his constituents in the lurch.

Latvala’s woes may not be over, due to the criminal investigation and a possible civil lawsuit by Perrin Rogers, who took to social media following the senator’s resignation announcement.

Perrin Rogers, whose Twitter avatar is Wonder Woman, said she came forward “as the mother of a son.”

“I could no longer look myself in the mirror; I could no longer in good faith encourage him to have courage and be kind,” she tweeted on Dec. 21. “Because having courage means standing up against wrongdoing. Especially when others are in harm’s way. To the women who have been harmed, I offer support, love and strength.”


In the midst of the Latvala inquiry, allegations of sexual harassment ended the career of a utility regulator before it even began.

Ritch Workman, a former state representative picked by Scott for a spot on the Public Service Commission, withdrew from the job after Senate Rules Chairwoman Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, said he manhandled her at a charity event last year.

Workman’s appointment to the Public Service Commission was slated to take effect in January and would have been subject to later Senate confirmation. Benacquisto said she wouldn’t put his appointment on her committee’s agenda because of his “abhorrent” behavior more than a year ago.

Workman, a Melbourne Republican, “approached me from behind, pushed his body up against me and made vulgar and inappropriate gestures,” Benacquisto said in a statement, describing the incident.

Benacquisto, who has said publicly that she was raped as a teenager, said she immediately asked Workman to stop, but he continued to make the comments and gestures until others intervened.

An emotional Workman told The News Service of Florida he did not recall the incident, but that “the right thing to do is to get out of the way.”

“I have absolutely no recollection of being inappropriate with Sen. Benacquisto. I have nothing but respect and admiration for her. It breaks my heart that this has come out like this because it’s not the kind of person that I am,” he said.


Long before the #MeToo cultural revolution began, another state senator was forced to resign after a profanity-tinged and racially charged outburst at a private club near the Capitol.

Miami Republican Frank Artiles left the Senate after the 2017 legislative session began and less than six months after he defeated incumbent Democrat Dwight Bullard in a brutal contest for the newly redrawn District 40 seat.

The former House member — a tough-talking, U.S. Marine veteran who earned the moniker “Frank the Tank” from fellow lawmakers — stepped down amid a Senate investigation into reports that he had insulted two black colleagues and others at the members-only club.

Artiles faced widespread condemnation for a rant that reportedly included calling Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, “girl,” a “bitch,” and a “f—ing ass—-.” Artiles also reportedly used the word “niggers” or “niggas,” though he contended that he did not direct the word at anyone in particular.

“It is clear to me my recent actions and words that I spoke fell far short of what I expect for myself, and for this I am very sorry. I apologize to my friends and I apologize to all of my fellow senators and lawmakers. To the people of my district and all of Miami-Dade, I am sorry I have let you down and ask for your forgiveness,” Artiles wrote in a resignation letter to Negron, R-Stuart.


Lawmakers were forced to return to the Capitol for a June special session after Scott — who could be gearing up for a U.S. Senate run next year — vetoed the state’s public-education funding formula that had been included in a budget passed a month earlier.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran spent much of this year’s 60-day regular session on a legislative jihad against the economic-development agency Enterprise Florida and tourism-marketer Visit Florida. Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, clashed frequently with Scott about the agencies.

Among the speaker’s more prominent complaints about Visit Florida was a $1 million deal with Miami rapper Pitbull, along with sponsorships of Fulham Football Club in England and the Visit Florida racing team.

After months of bickering between Scott and Corcoran, the June special session focused on funding for public schools and economic development.

But the special session quickly devolved into another opportunity for an intra-party boxing match, with Democrats gleefully painting a narrative of dysfunctional Republican leadership and rumors of a special session collapse.

Hours after the session seemed on the verge of falling apart, legislative leaders and Scott struck an agreement salvaging their priorities but setting off renewed criticism over backroom dealing. Among other things, lawmakers pumped more dollars into public schools, agreed on money for Visit Florida and set up a new economic-development fund.

Lawmakers also approved legislation setting the framework for the state’s growing medical-marijuana industry after a voter-approved constitutional amendment broadly legalized the product.

The deal emerged after a 30-minute harangue on the penultimate day of the week-long session by Negron, who told reporters that the Senate would need more concessions from Scott and the House for the session to end successfully.

That led many observers to predict that lawmakers might miss a deadline to end the special session, much as they needed overtime to finish the state budget in May following a similarly chaotic process during the regular session.

But on the final day of the special session, out of the backrooms came a compromise that Scott, Corcoran and Negron supported.

“We call ourselves the cardiac kids,” Corcoran told reporters. “We get you guys all worked up, and then we come to a nice smooth landing and we accomplish a tremendous amount of policy.”


State Senate Democrats had some celebrating to do, at least for a while, after a closely watched victory in the race to replace Artiles.

In a campaign viewed as a litmus test of President Donald Trump and Florida Democrats’ ability to make gains in local and statewide elections next year, Miami businesswoman Annette Taddeo coasted to victory, defeating former state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, a Republican who stepped down from his House seat to run for the Senate.

Taddeo’s victory in Senate District 40 bolstered the hopes of Democrats, who have been outnumbered in the Senate for more than two decades, as they prepare to combat Republicans in local and statewide races in 2018.

But fallout from sexual harassment scandals quickly put the damper on Florida Democrats’ revelry.

Clemens, who was in charge of fundraising for Senate Democrats and took some of the credit for Taddeo’s win, walked away from the Legislature in late October.

Less than a month later, then-Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel abruptly resigned. The hurried exit of Bittel, a veteran fundraiser chosen to head the state party in January after a fractious leadership contest, came hours after a news report accused him of creating an uncomfortable work environment by leering at women and making suggestive remarks.


State officials have yet to put an overall price tag on Florida’s costs from Irma, which left destruction from the Keys to Jacksonville.

But the historic storm caused an estimated $2.5 billion hit on crops and agriculture facilities, $6.55 billion in insured losses and a more-than $1 billion price tag for utility customers to cover the costs of power restoration.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s department estimated in October that the state’s already-reeling citrus industry took a $761 million hit from Hurricane Irma. Since then, a number of lawmakers and Putnam said the damage estimate has grown to possibly more than $1 billion, as fruit continued to fall early from trees that were flooded by the September storm.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Maria — which battered Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — also had a major impact on Florida, as evacuees from the territories continue to flood into the state.

According to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, more than 269,000 people have traveled from Puerto Rico to Florida in the past three months, but it is unknown how many are considered to have relocated from the island. More than 10,000 Puerto Rican children have enrolled in Florida schools since the storm.

Nearly one-third of the island remains without power, and water supplies are getting worse, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Hospitals also remain in disrepair, according to a report by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who visited the island Thursday.

“The people of Puerto Rico are our fellow American citizens. They should not be treated like they’re being treated. It’s just not right,” Nelson tweeted.

STORY OF THE YEAR: Allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct roiled the Capitol, resulting in Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala and Lake Worth Democrat Jeff Clemens resigning from the Senate and former Rep. Ritch Workman withdrawing from an appointment to the Public Service Commission.

QUOTE OF THE YEAR: “But I have had enough. If this is the process our party and Senate leadership desires, then I have no interest in continuing to serve with you. I, therefore, will resign my seat in the Florida Senate at midnight, January 5, 2018.” Clearwater Republican Jack Latvala, in a Dec. 20 letter to Senate President Joe Negron.

by Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida

Four Rescued From Escambia River Saturday Night

December 31, 2017

Four people were rescued from the Escambia River near Barth north of Molino Saturday evening.

Escambia Fire Rescue and Escambia County EMS responded to North Barth Road along he Escambia River about 5:43 p.m. after receiving reports that a boat had capsized or overturned in the river. Rescue craft were launched by the Cantonment Station of Escambia Fire Rescue and Santa Rosa County.

An adult male was located on top of an overturned boat about a quarter mile from the North Barth Road location. He was rescued, along with three people on the river bank, just before 7 p.m.

The man was reportedly in good condition and evaluated on scene by Escambia County EMS. He reportedly refused transport to the hospital.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

North Escambia’s Top 10 Stories Of 2017

December 31, 2017

Here our picks for the Top 10 North Escambia Stories of 2017. The list was compiled to include those stories that were “big news”, had a great influence on the North Escambia area, had the most views on NorthEscambia.com or our social media sites during 2017.

10. The Sun Also Rises

There’s nothing like a North Escambia sunrise or sunset…we have some of the most amazing displays in the world. That was evidenced in 2017 by the tremendous traffic generated by simple sunrise and sunset photos we published on NorthEscambia.com, on Facebook and Twitter. One of our favorites — a November sunrise at Lake Stone near Century is pictured above.

9. Traffic Accidents

Numerous traffic accidents topped the headlines in 2017, but not received quite the attention of James Nevels’ mid-December accident on Highway 29 in Molino . Nevels was in his Ford F-150 as he rear-ended the logs on the back of the 18-wheeler on Highway 29 just south of Barrineau Park Road. The pictures published by NorthEscambia.com were simply heart-stopping, showing multiple logs that completely penetrated the cab of the pickup, missing Nevels by mere inches. The truck was heavily damaged in the crash. Nevels was uninjured.

8. Snow In Florida

North Escambia actually made international news in December with a rare two to three inch Florida snowfall.  The winter weather wasn’t all fun and games, claiming one life in a traffic accident at an icy Highway 29 bridge in McDavid.

7. Century Government, Apartments

Newly elected Mayor Henry Hawkins took office in Century, saying he was doing businesses differently and was out to put a stop to the town losing money. Utility rates were raised as town officials pointed out serious infrastructure failures and shortcomings. Construction was underway on a $10 million, 50 unit apartment complex, the biggest economic project in Century in decades as the town began to battle developers over water and sewer fees.

6. Naomi Jones, Local Murders

Robert Letroy Howard was arrested for the murder of 12-year old Naomi Jone in June. Jones disappeared May 31 from an apartment complex on East Johnson Avenue; her body round in a creek.  The remains of missing private investigator Taylor Wright were found on the Cantonment family property of Ashley McArthur, who has been charged –  $34,000 of the victim’s money was allegedly spent before her death. And the hunt continues for the killer of Anna Louise Brown, also known as Anna Louise Brown Vega, whose body was found on Gibson Road (pictured above).

5. Tate Coach Sexual Assaults

Former Tate High football coach and church youth leader Charlie Maybern Hamrick was been found guilty on six counts of child sexual assault and sentenced to six life sentences. The abuse incidents occurred at a Cantonment church and in the Tate High School locker room.

4. There Goes The Sun

The North Escambia area came to a stop to view a solar eclipse in August, like the Northview High School students pictured above.

3. Billy Boyette, Mary Rice Manhunt

Four people were allegedly murdered by Billy Boyette and Mary Rice in 2017, putting the entire area on edge during a massive week-long manhunt. Boyette killed himself as law enforcement surrounded their hotel room in Georgia. Rice is awaiting trial.

2. Bridge Closures

The North Escambia area was plagued by bridge closures and detours in 2017, especially from Molino north. Several of the closures and construction projects were planned, such as the replacement of a bridge on Molino Road (pictured), while other closures were “emergencies” following state inspections that found the bridges to be failing.

1. International Paper Explosion and Cleanup

Sunday night, January 22, 2017, an explosion tore through  the International Paper facility in Cantonment, raining “black liquor” down on Highway 29 and surrounding neighborhoods.  Workers in hazmat geared cleaned and scrubbed neighborhoods for weeks in a remediation effort.  IP resumed full operations in early April.

NorthEscambia.com photos.

Cantonment Motorcyclist Collides With Escambia County Deputy

December 31, 2017

A young Cantonment man was cited after a motorcycle collision with an Escambia County deputy Saturday afternoon.

Dawshawn Bonner, 19, was riding an off-road Suzuki motorcycle northbound on Calloway Street about 4:09 p.m. when he crossed the center line into a path of an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Tahoe, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Bonner lost control of the motorcycle, causing it to slide under the ECSO Tahoe, trooper said. Bonner received minor injuries and was transported to Baptist Hospital; the deputy was not injured.

The Florida Highway Patrol charged Bonner with driving a motorcycle with no endorsement and careless driving.

Pictured: An Escambia County deputy and an off-road motorcycle collided Saturday in Cantonment. Photos courtesy Alonzo McNeal for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

Florida Rolls Out Redesigned, More Secure Driver’s Licenses

December 31, 2017

Colorful high-tech driver’s licenses and state identification cards, designed for added security and to cut down on fake IDs, are rolling out across Florida in 2018

But unless it’s time to update a card because of an expiration date or a name or address change, there’s no need to rush out for a new ID.

“We are in the middle of reaching out to all of our stakeholders, and letting them know how to identify the new card, this is what it looks like, these are some of the security features you can look for,” said Alexis Bakofsky, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. “Starting January 1, 2018, it will be the only credential that is issued in Florida.”

Intended in part to crack down on fake licenses, the state agency expects to spend $460,000 to complete the statewide rollout. The money comes from the state’s Highway Safety Operating Trust Fund.

The agency did not provide information on how much it has spent on the redesign.

The card features nearly double the number of security features as the current card, Bakofsky said.

“Some you’ll see. Some you will not see,” Bakofsky said. “That is to maintain security so that a law enforcement officer, or anyone who needs to authenticate that credential, can safely do so.”

Each card will have better safeguards, from features that appear only when viewed under ultraviolet light to a pastel-colored linear rendering of the Florida state seal and a large orange “FL.”

A head shot of the person who has been issued the card will appear in four locations, including one that is a part of a transparent background.

A red box will be affixed to the front for people under 21, stating when the cardholder will reach that age.

The back features an image of the state of Florida, the year 1845 in reference to the year of Florida’s statehood and the word “Florida” amid blue lines representing ocean waves.

The information on the card will also be linked through two barcodes and a magnetic stripe on the back.

The state is working on a new feature to replace the magnetic stripe in 2019.

by Jim Turner, The News Service of Florida

Old Fashioned Wagon Train Riding Slowly Toward The New Year (Gallery)

December 30, 2017

An old-fashioned trail ride set out Friday from Bratt, headed south through North Escambia to greet the new year — and help a friend in need.

The New Years wagon train left a home on Breastworks Road, stopping for lunch at Crossroads Grocery at the Bratt Crossroads. Participants used the stop as a chance to load up last minute supplies and have lunch, the smell of grilled food waffling through the cool midday air as they grilled up some grub.

Riders then headed north on North Highway 99 to take less traveled roads like Oakshade and Pine Barren on their way to Molino and a New Year’s dinner and party at the Barrineau Park Community Center.

They will also hold a baked goods auction to raise money to help friend Doug Poston. He had a stroke a few months back and has been out of work since while he recovers. And that’s just the way it works on the wagon train, where everyone is a friend, a part of the family, as the world passes by at two or three miles per hour.

For more photos, click here.

NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.

Rain Sunday Ahead Of Arctic Blast

December 30, 2017

Here is your official North Escambia area forecast:

Tonight: A 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. North wind around 5 mph.

Sunday: Rain likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 44. North wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday Night: A 20 percent chance of rain before 9pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 24. Wind chill values between 15 and 20. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

New Year’s Day: Sunny, with a high near 36. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 20. North wind around 10 mph.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 40. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. North wind around 5 mph.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 44. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 24.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 41.

Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 24.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 43.

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