Increasing clouds but no rain squeezing out of them!
A few sprinkles are trying to sneak into our southeastern counties which is our first few rain drops of many more to come.
It all has to do with Tropical Storm Irma. Just about 24 hours ago, making landfall as a major category 4 hurricane in the FL keys. Land interaction is just what it takes to weaken a hurricane. After devastating damage, most without power and significant storm surge, Irma is now inching out of northern Florida. The bulk of the moisture is now widespread across most of Georgia. Notice how Irma is expected to turn towards the north and the west, with the center just south of western Middle Tennessee by Tuesday afternoon.
Here’s what you need to know…
Our quiet start to the day will be replaced with increasing winds late this afternoon. Sustained winds are expected to be between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 to 50 mph. This leads to a WIND ADVISORY in effect 4 pm today through 7 pm on Tuesday…
Here’s one forecast model on expected rain, 1-3″ with local amounts as high as 4.”
The main timeline of the rain…
Another note-worthy point is a noticeable drop in temperatures (keep in mind average is 84 for this time of the year). Low 70s today before even cooler upper 60s return on Tuesday and Wednesday..
Scattered rain carries on into Wednesday. As Irma departs, there will be enough lingering moisture for a few spotty showers on Thursday, especially early on in the day. A clearing trend arrives as soon as the second half of the day into Friday, Saturday and even Sunday! Another fantastic weekend on tap!
Be sure and join Meteorologist Dam Thomas for updates on the timing of the rain at noon today. Chief Meteorologist Lisa Spencer will have more to come on Irma at 4,5, 6 and 10 tonight!
-Meteorologist Daphne DeLoren