Thursday’s First Warning Forecast: Rain returns to end the week

Posted at 5:40 AM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 11:01:22-04

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

Clouds build in and rain returns… A string of fronts will drift into the region for the end of the week. Expect partly to mostly cloudy skies today with a few scattered showers, mainly in the afternoon. Southwest winds will help to warm us into the mid 80s, near normal for this time of year.

Clouds will stick around with a higher chance for showers and storms on Friday. Strong to severe storms are possible tomorrow, mainly for the Southside and NE NC. Winds will shift back to the north on Friday, dropping temperatures into the 70s.

Leftover moisture from Harvey will spread over the region and combine with the fronts to bring us rain and storms on Saturday. Rain should taper off early Sunday, with clearing skies Sunday afternoon. Highs will return to the low and mid 80s this weekend.

Today: AM Sun, PM Clouds, Scattered Showers (30%). Highs in the mid 80s. Winds: SW 5-10

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers (30%). Lows in the upper 60s. Winds: SW 5-10

Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers/Storms (50%). Highs in the low 70s. Winds: N/E 10-15G20

Weather & Health 

Pollen: Moderate-High (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: 7 (High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Very High

Tropical Update

Hurricane Irma rapidly intensifying over the Eastern Atlantic. Irma is centered about 650 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving WNW at 10 mph. This general motion is forecast through early Friday, followed by a generally westward motion on Saturday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 100 mph with higher gusts. Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days.

11:00 AM AST Thu Aug 31

Location: 16.9°N 33.8°W

Moving: WNW at 10 mph

Min pressure: 979 mb

Max sustained: 100 mph

Tropical Depression Harvey continues moving inland. Harvey will continue to dissipate but will spread rain to a large portion of the eastern U.S. into the weekend.

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