WDHN Storm Team: Rain chances remain high, but Elsa stays east of the Wiregrass


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Happy Tuesday morning everyone! We are waking up warm and humid once again here in the Wiregrass, with temperatures in the low to mid 70s across most spots. A couple spotty showers have popped up on radar this morning, but that is the most in terms of rain we’re going to see here for the remainder of the morning and into the early afternoon. Clouds have overspread the region as well, and are expected to stick around throughout much of the day, although a few peaks of sunshine are possible. The majority of us will top out in the mid 80s this afternoon, but a few upper 80s could be on the table as well.

We are also still watching Tropical Storm Elsa, now located just west of the Florida Keys. Elsa is expected to continue paralleling the west coast of Florida as it moves northward throughout the day today. Even though we are not expecting to see direct impacts from Elsa here in the Wiregrass, our rain chances will be high for this afternoon and into the evening since we are in a southeasterly flow. Therefore, moisture associated with the northerly edge of Elsa is expected to aid in developing numerous showers and storms as we go into the mid to late afternoon and into the evening, starting in the Florida Panhandle and moving northward into the Wiregrass. These showers and storms should last through the evening and diminish in coverage overnight tonight.

Elsa is expected to make landfall as a strong tropical storm tomorrow morning in the Big Bend region of Florida, likely near Perry or Cross City, and track inland over south central GA during the day. The rain shield associated with the outer rain bands of Elsa should stay east of the Wiregrass as it moves northeast through GA tomorrow, as well as any threats for wind damage and flooding. But we will still have a chance for scattered showers and storms to develop during the afternoon and evening thanks to an upper level trough being located over our area. This upper-level trough will also keep our rain chances high for Thursday as well. Highs will reach the mid 80s once again thanks to the increased cloud cover and rain chances for both days.

Once Elsa moves away from the southeastern US, we will return to a more typical summer-like pattern starting on Friday as a high pressure system settles in off to our east, bringing in a chance for pop-up showers and storms each afternoon and evening with the heating of the day, with around a 40-50% chance for rain each day from Friday onwards. Thanks to the lower rain chances, our highs will rebound closer to normal in the upper 80s and low 90s.

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