The National Weather Service predicts warmer, dryer weather following a weekend of continuous rainfall.
Da'Vel Johnson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said some areas along the coast — including Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Navarre — will have to put up with scattered showers Tuesday and Wednesday before a near-perfect forecast for Thursday.
"Areas farther north, like Niceville, might not see any rain," Johnson said. "On Thursday, temperatures could be in the upper 70s and might even be close to records for this time of year."
Steady rain drenched the Panhandle Saturday and Sunday after southerly winds pushed moisture from the Gulf into a weak cold front, which created thunder and lightning.
Johnson said the amount of moisture in the atmosphere was 200 percent above normal for this time of the year.
According to the National Weather Service, Destin experienced 4.58 inches of rain on Sunday and 4.32 on Saturday. In Crestview, there were 4.32 inches of rain on Sunday and 3.31 inches Saturday. Niceville received 4 inches Sunday and 2.3 inches Saturday. There were 4.22 inches at the Okaloosa Regional Airport on Sunday and 4.26 inches there on Saturday.
Randy McDaniel, chief of the Okaloosa County Department of Public Safety, said there were no reports of power outages or flooding in residential areas.
However, some Baker roads — including Charles Booker Road, Horsecreek Road and Sherman Kennedy Road — were still closed at noon Tuesday because of flooding.
In Santa Rosa County, Emergency Management Director Brad Baker said rain reports averaged from 3-4 inches on both Saturday and Sunday. Baker said the rain was a welcomed relief after the county was nearing drought conditions.
"We have had no closed roads and our rivers have not flooded," Baker said. "We've had a lot of dry land to absorb all of the water."
Jeff Goldberg, director of Emergency Management in Walton County, said there were approximately 12 total inches of rainfall from Freeport to Rock Hill in South Walton. The rest of the county, he said, received approximately 8 inches.
Goldberg said the rain brought significant road flooding, causing over 10 road closures. Some of those roads were Crooked Creek Road, Indian Creek Ranch Road, County Road 181 west of Gaskin at Eight Mile Creek, and Walton Bridge Road.
"There were power lines down on White Creek Road and, because of water levels on the road, it wasn't safe for workers to restore power," Goldberg said. "The power was turned back this morning (Monday)."
Shoal River and Mossy Head experienced moderate flooding but, according to Goldberg, no homes or businesses were affected by any flooding over the weekend.