Cold front, rain slowly moving in ahead of St. Patrick's Day

Wind, rain picks up Saturday night into Sunday

By Danny Treanor - Meteorologist, Samara Cokinos - Meteorologist

ORLANDO, Fla. - Central Florida started the weekend with mild temperatures and was mainly dry, but all that will change as a cold front continues to move into the area.

After reaching a high of 82 degrees, periods of light to moderate rain will continue from Melbourne to Lake Kissimmee.

The cold front will eventually push down to Lake Okeechobee, where it will stall. Behind the front is some cooler air and some breezy conditions for overnight.

Lows Saturday night will range from 54 degrees in Ocala to 61 degrees in Orlando and 66 degrees in Melbourne. There is a 20-30 percent chance of rain Saturday night.

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St. Patrick's Day on Sunday is cloudy, and rain chances jump up to 50-60 percent. Rain chances around Ocala could hit 80 percent. Cooler air will keep temperatures down in the low 70s to high 60s. It will not be a washout.

On the water, boating conditions will be iffy Saturday and will deteriorate to hazardous conditions by Sunday and Monday.

The week ahead offers additional chances for rain, especially in Osceola and Brevard counties. Keep an umbrella handy.

Spring begins Wednesday, and better weather arrives Thursday.

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