WDHN Storm Team: Impacts from Hurricane Zeta on the Wiregrass’ forecast


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Hopefully you were able to enjoy the nice weather yesterday and today because it is all about to come to an abrupt end. Hurricane Zeta will make landfall in the Yucatán Peninsula tonight and a second landfall expected in the north-central Gulf of Mexico mid-week.

Tonight will be another very warm night for this time of year: lows in the upper 60s with partly cloudy skies.

Tuesday will have a 50% chance for the first round of rain starting in the late afternoon hours and continuing through the late evening hours. Before the rain, partly sunny skies will lead to another day of temperatures in the low to middle 80s.

Wednesday will have another 50% chance of scattered storms as Zeta makes landfall likely in the evening hours as a hurricane somewhere along the LA/MS/AL coastlines. SThis puts us on the eastern side of Zeta, so some of these storms could bring some severe weather to the Wiregrass. The Western Wiregrass is in the marginal risk for isolated tornadoes and tropical storm force winds, but flooding rains will be unlikely. Although the eastern portions of our viewing area are not technically within the severe weather threat according to the Storm Prediction Center, residents east of Dothan still need to be vigilant.

Overnight Wednesday into Thursday will likely bring a line of storms that will last through the morning hours on Thursday. After this line, rain chances will be low for the rest of the day but not entirely zero. Temperatures should stay in the 70s for most of the day.

Friday will start off much cooler than we have seen in a while. Morning lows in the low-to-mid 50s will only move into the low 70s during the afternoon. Mostly sunny skies will make for a great looking day!

The weekend will be partly to mostly sunny and remain dry for most. A few showers might pop up on Sunday, but not much is expected.

Monday will be more sunny and only a touch of warmer. It will be a beautiful start to the next work week.

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