Scattered shower and thunderstorm activity returned to the Tri-State this afternoon; fortunately, the rain was relatively short-lived and the remainder of the evening looks as though it will stay dry. Temperatures overnight will only dip as low as the mid to low 70s area-wide - we'll bottom out around 73° Thursday morning (marking our warmest start to a day in two weeks). The mild, muggy morning will give that afternoon heat a bit of a running start, leaving us with temperatures in the low 90s and heat indices north 100° at times - that's all before the rain gets underway!
Pop-Up showers and storms will be possible between 2PM and 8PM Thursday. Don't expect a washout by any means, but you may want an umbrella with you for your evening commute home in case you get caught in a shower. Even after the rainfall subsides, cloud cover and tropical humidity will continue to plague the Tri-State as the remnants of what is currently Hurricane Laura inches closer toward the Ohio Valley.
Currently a potentially catastrophic Category 4 Hurricane, Laura is producing sustained winds of 145 MPH and is projected to make landfall between Beaumont, TX and Lake Charles, LA shortly after midnight Thursday morning. In addition to the disastrous winds and storm surge, the tropical system could drop in excess of 6" of rainfall in some spots along the Gulf Coast. While it's unlikely that we here in Tri-State will see that much precipitation, the Hurricane's remnants will certainly see to it that we receive our fair share of rainfall come Friday.
Laura is still expected to to pack quite the amount of moisture as the then Tropical Depression settles in across the region early Friday afternoon. By the time what's left of Laura exits east of the Tri-State, some of us could be left with an additional 2" of rainfall; it looks as though the heaviest amounts will fall south of the Ohio River.
We'll continue to monitor the situation as it evolves over the next 48 hours.
Wear Your Mask.