First Warning Forecast: A soggy and windy end to the week

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Posted at 5:49 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 13:35:38-04

KJ's First Warning Forecast

It's about to turn wet and windy… Partly sunny and comfortable today with highs in the upper 70s with an isolated shower possible.

Prepare for wet weather Thursday and Friday . The remnants of Hurricane Sally along with the approaching cold front will consume the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions with widespread rainfall. Expect showers to spread into our area Thursday afternoon with heavy pockets likely Thursday night into Friday morning... Be sure to work some extra time into your Friday morning commute - slow downs and detours are to be expected. Watch for the threat of flash flooding, we could see 4”+ of rainfall. Flood alerts are in effect Thursday afternoon through Friday. Winds will pick up on Friday, NE 10-20 with gusts to near 30 mph.

Most of the weekend will be dry with more clouds on Saturday with a low rain chance, yet more sunshine mixing in on Sunday. It will be very fall-like this weekend with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s and low humidity. Strong NE winds at 15 to 25 mph and gusts to 35+ mph both Saturday and Sunday will likely trigger some tidal flooding.

Today: Mix of Clouds, Isolated Showers. Highs in the upper 70s. Winds: E 5-15

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. Winds: SE 5-10

Tomorrow: Mostly Cloudy, Widespread Rain. Highs in the upper 70s. Winds: SE/E 5-10

Weather & Health

Pollen: Medium (Ragweed)

UV Index: 6 (High)

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: Very High

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

September 16th

Tropical Update

Sally is now a category 1 hurricane producing catastrophic flooding along portions of the northern Gulf Coast. Hurricane Sally is centered 15 miles west-northwest of Pensacola, Florida. On the forecast track, the center of Sally is slowly moving across the extreme western Florida panhandle and southeastern Alabama through early Thursday. it'll move over central Georgia Thursday afternoon through Thursday night. Max sustained winds are near 80 mph with higher gusts. Weakening is expected as the center moves inland today and tonight.

Paulette becomes a strong extratropical cyclone... This is the final advisory from the National Hurricane Center on Paulette, which is 450 miles east-southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland. Moving east-northeast at 35 mph, max winds of 85 mph... This general motion is expected into Thursday. Afterwards, Paulette is forecast to slow down and turn toward the SSE and south late Thursday and Friday.

Teddy is a category 2 hurricane. It's expected to become a major hurricane by Thursday. Teddy is centered 775 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving northwest at 12 mph. This general motion is forecast to continue with a path towards Bermuda, which was just impacted by Paulette. Forecast to reach the Island of Bermuda late Sunday into Monday. As of the latest advisory, max sustained winds are 100 mph.

Tropical Storm Vicky is forecast to weaken over the next couple of days. Vicky is centered about 795 miles WNW of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving west-northwest. A westward motion is expected to begin later today, followed by a WSW motion by late Thursday. Max sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Expected to weaken and become a remnant low on Thursday or Friday.