DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Tropical Storm Eta is still meandering in the SE Gulf and even strengthened a little today. There are a couple other areas in the Atlantic that are also seeing development right now. The Caribbean Sea system has an 80% chance of becoming our next tropical depression, and the system in the far Eastern Atlantic has strengthened quickly to become Tropical Storm Theta with 70 mph winds.
Wednesday will be our highest chance for showers and storms this week. With a 50% chance for wet weather, it would be a good idea to keep the umbrella handy. Highs will once again step into the low 80s during the afternoon.
Thursday will start to dry out. A cold front should barely pass through the Tri-State during the day on Thursday, and this will bring some dry air into our area. Scattered showers are possible for the morning hours, but most models keep the rain in the eastern half of our viewing area.
Friday’s isolated showers should leave most people dry. Highs will be back in the upper 70s.
Saturday and Sunday currently look to be trending drier than previously thought, but there’s still quite a bit of uncertainty with Eta’s track. If Eta moves across the north-central portions of Florida, we’ll have a much better chance of having a dry weekend. But for now, considering many models still bring it into the Panhandle as a weak tropical storm or tropical depression we will leave a 20% chance for rain both days.
A cold front could bring back those fall conditions Monday and Tuesday with temperatures eventually dropping into the 60s and 50s.
Admittedly, there are a lot of moving parts to this forecast. There has been a lot of disagreement from models about Eta’s track and the strength of next week’s cold front. However, we’ll keep monitoring the weather setup to give you the absolute best information and forecast we can.