DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Over the next couple of days, a nice weather pattern will be staying in place. Our afternoons will be hot with highs in the 90s and our mornings will be cool with lows in the 60s.
Rain and storm chances will increase a little as we get to Saturday and Sunday. Beyond that, there is a lot of uncertainty in the forecast due to hurricane Dorian.
New data in from the National Hurricane Center suggests that hurricane Dorian has become a little stronger through today. Wind is now sustained at 85 mph at the center as of 10 PM CDT. The storm is located to the north of Puerto Rico.
Movement over the next four days takes it toward the Florida peninsula and as it does so, it will become stronger. It is looking more likely that a major category 3 storm will be making landfall somewhere along the Atlantic coast of Florida.
Depending on the path across Florida and how strong the storm becomes before landfall will be the determining factor for any impacts on the Gulf Coast and in the Wiregrass. A path that takes it across more of northeast Florida would lessen the chances for major impacts. However, some forecast guidance is favoring a more southern path which could make the system strong once emerging into the Gulf of Mexico.
Once in the Gulf, it is possible for this system to trek toward the Florida panhandle or points even more to the west.
There is a lot that can and will change, but the likelihood of us getting rain and at the least breezy conditions from Dorian in the Wiregrass is increasing. This will be a forecast that is definitely worth keeping an eye on.