DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — We’re seeing some scattered storms move through parts of the Wiregrass at this hour, mainly in the eastern counties. These will continue moving generally NW through the rest of the region as we go through the next few hours or so.
Shifting to the tropics, we’re still tracking Hurricane Ida, now a Category 2 storm as of the latest National Hurricane Center update. The latest track has not changed, with Ida still expected to strengthen to a major hurricane tonight, likely becoming a low-end Category 4 hurricane before landfall on the south central or southeastern LA coast early tomorrow afternoon. Ida will weaken as it moves inland into MS as we go through the day on Monday, and will turn to the northeast towards the Tennessee Valley as we go into mid-week.
Ida will bring an uptick in our rain chances for Sunday as one of the outermost feeder bands will move through much of the region. Pockets of heavy rain will be possible as this feeder band moves through during the course of the afternoon and evening. A low-end threat for a tornado will not be out of the question either, as the Storm Prediction Center has placed portions of our area under a Marginal (level 1/5) risk for severe weather. Highs will be in the upper 80s.
As Ida moves inland through Mississippi on Monday, we will see the highest rain chances with the outermost feeder bands across the western parts of the Wiregrass. However, the eastern extent of the highest rain chances will be highly contingent on where Ida’s center ends up tracking; if it tracks further east and south, it could increase our rain chances not only for the western counties, but also for the eastern counties as well. Highs will be cooler in the mid 80s.
For Tuesday, we will likely see an uptick in rain chances area-wide once again thanks to the onshore flow on the back side of Ida, so showers and storms will be likely during the afternoon and evening. Since our highest rain chances for the week will be on this day, highs will be in the low 80s.
Rain chances will still be around for Wednesday as lingering moisture on the back side of Ida will still help to form scattered showers and storms during the afternoon and evening. Rain chances will be lower though compared to Tuesday, with highs in the mid 80s.
Things will start to trend drier as we head towards the end of the work week and into next Saturday, with a 20-30% for a few showers. Highs will return to the low 90s area-wide.