WEDNESDAY: A cold front will be approaching from the west – meanwhile, Hurricane Michael will be approaching the central Florida panhandle through the day. In between, our weather will be more influenced by the front than anything else. Expect partly sunny to variably cloudy skies – highs will push into the middle to upper 80s with a few widely spaced storms at times. Rain chances will diminish as the front pushes through. Temperatures will fall off into the upper 50s and lower 60s by morning.
HURRICANE MICHAEL: Michael will likely make landfall by Wednesday afternoon along the Florida panhandle, between Destin and Apalachicola as a category 3 or 4 storm. Life-threatening surge, wind and flooding are possible as the storm moves ashore. This will be a fast-moving storm, moving through Georgia and South Carolina into Thursday morning; North Carolina by Thursday night and off the Carolina coast by early Friday morning as a strong cold front sweeps it east.
THURSDAY: At home, expect skies to become sunny to mostly sunny Thursday afternoon as highs only manage the 70s to near 80°. Winds may a bit aggressive at times, out of the north at 10-20 mph. Overnight, as winds subside, under clear skies – we’ll see lows fall back deep into the 50s. Some cooler pockets could drop into the upper 40s briefly by Friday morning.
EXTENDED RANGE: High pressure will hold firm to round out the work week and head into the beginning of the weekend. Expect highs in the 70s, trending toward the lower 80s by Sunday ahead of a quick moving system due in by late Sunday into Monday. This will bring up rain chances and another reassuring shot of cooler, autumn air by early next week.
WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist
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