In theory, this should be a slightly longer trip than the one we had coming into Spartanburg. In practice? It will likley be the shorter of the trips, despite being estmated at nearly 11 hours of driving over the course of 731 miles. This will bring us to a pace of 67.4mph. The interstate in Florida is a race track. Let’s get going!
The churning machinations of a coastal trough and a strong, developing low over the Lower Mississippi Valley will help to generate shower activity across most of South Carolina, but the best chance to see any of the light rain will be in the small area we will be on I-95 over downstate South Carolina until we reach the Georgia border. Driving through east Georgia and into north Florida we will be fine, but the strength of the rotation over the southeastern US, as well as the presence of a jet streak over the Florida Peninsula will introduce the threat for some high clouds laden with scattered showers south of Ocala. The NAM in particular is pinpointing a bullseye around Lakeland late in the day tomorrow, which could lead to some showers on the east side of the Tampa metro. Don’t be surprised if there are some isolated showers or even a rumble of thunder all the way through Sarasota, but it should really start winding down as we approach Naples. Mostly cloudy, but still definitely Florida when we arrive.