Friday’s First Warning Forecast: Cloudy, windy, and even cooler

Posted at 4:55 AM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 11:31:47-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

Cloudy, cooler, and windy… Expect mostly cloudy skies today with a few glimpses of sunshine trying to break through. Isolated showers are possible but are not expected to be widespread or heavy. Highs will only reach the upper 70s this afternoon and it will be windy. Expect persistent NE winds at 10 to 20 mph.

Highs will warm back into the low on Saturday with a mix of partly to mostly cloudy skies. An isolated shower is possible tomorrow but overall rain chances will be limited. Winds will back down slightly with east winds at 5 to 15 mph. We will warm into the mid 80s on Sunday before a cold front moves in. Expect showers and storms Sunday night and into Monday as the front moves through.

We are keeping an eye on Julia, lingering off of the SC coast. Julia and the leftovers will slowly drift off the coastline for the next several days. Most of the rain from Julia is expected to stay to our south but we will see some rough surf and high risk for rip currents for the next several days.

Today: Mostly Cloudy, Isolated Showers (20%), Cooler, Windy. Highs in the upper 70s. Winds: NE 10-20

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Isolated Showers (20%). Lows near 70. Winds: E 5-15

Tomorrow: Partly to Mostly Cloudy, Isolated Showers (20%). Highs in the low 80s. Winds: E 5-15

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed)

UV Index: 5 (Moderate)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Very High

Tropical Update

Tropical Storm Julia continues to meander off of the South Carolina coast. Julia is centered about 240 miles SE of Cape Fear, NC and moving ESE at 7 mph. A slow and erratic motion offshore of the coast of South Carolina is expected during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast today, but gradual weakening is anticipated after that time. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center.

Tropical Storm Karl continues moving west over the eastern tropical Atlantic. Karl is centered about 700 miles WNW of the Cabo Verde Islands or 1810 miles east of the Leeward Islands and moving west at 13 mph. This general motion is expected to continue through Saturday. A WSW motion is possible Saturday night. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Ian is now a post-tropical cyclone as it continues moving rapidly into the northern Atlantic. Ian is about 1000 miles ENE of Cape Race, Newfoundland and moving NE at 53 mph. This motion is expected to continue through tonight, with a decrease in forward speed expected on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. The post-tropical cyclone should gradually weaken over the next 36 hours before becoming absorbed by an extratropical low.

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