WDHN Storm Team: Higher rain chances on tap for today


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Happy Wednesday morning everyone! We are seeing another relatively quiet start to the day across much of the region, with temperatures in the low 70s. Much like yesterday morning, we are seeing quite a bit of dense fog reducing visibilities in spots once again. Therefore, if you’re looking to head out on the roads this morning, make sure to leave yourself some extra time to get to your destination! This fog should clear out once the sun rises, and we’ll stay quiet through the rest of the morning, with a mix of sun and clouds area-wide.

As we go past lunchtime and into the early afternoon hours, we will start to see an increase in cloud cover across much of the region. As we then progress into the mid to late afternoon, we will see an abundance of moisture streamed into our area from the Gulf, meaning we will have the chance for scattered to numerous showers and storms across much of the Wiregrass. Rain chances area-wide look to be significantly higher than in previous days at around 60%. Some of these showers and storms could be on the strong side and could also produce areas of isolated flash flooding as well since they will be slow-moving. Therefore, make sure to have the rain gear handy if you’re planning on going out and about later today! Thankfully, these showers and storms should fizzle out rather quickly as we go through the evening, leaving us dry and partly cloudy overnight.

We will look to be significantly drier for Thursday as a mid-level ridge will move into our area, keeping our rain chances very low at around 20% area-wide. Highs will be in the low 90s.

We will then look to return to our typical summer-like pattern starting Friday, with scattered showers and storms possible during the afternoon and evening. Rain chances will be around seasonal levels at 40% across much of the region, and highs will once again be in the low 90s.

These hit-or-miss rain chances and seasonal temperatures will look to stick around for the long term as well, with each afternoon Saturday through Tuesday featuring a 30-40% chance for rain and highs in the low 90s.

Shifting to the tropics, we are still monitoring three areas of interest. The first one is located in the southwestern Caribbean, and now has an 80% chance of formation over the next 5 days as it tracks NW over the Yucatan Peninsula and potentially into the southern Gulf of Mexico. For now, many of the tracks over the long term have this system heading towards Texas and/or Louisiana heading into early next week. The other two areas of interest are located in the Atlantic and are both not expected to impact the US at this time as they track into open ocean. Concerning the first system, while it is not expected to impact us here in the Wiregrass at this time, we will continue to monitor its progress and provide more updates when they become available.

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