First Alert Forecast: tropical rains from Nicholas continue Wednesday

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 4:46 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2021 at 1:28 PM CDT
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WEDNESDAY: Drier air is now infiltrating the western side of Nicholas - helping to cap off the rain coverage for the remainder of the afternoon across the region. Under the clouds, still expect scattered showers along with cool breezes - gusty at times - from east/northeast. Temperatures will hold in the 70s for most; a few spots not impacted from much rain to the north of I-20 could run toward 80°. Tonight - expect mostly cloudy skies with sporadic showers continuing with lows in the 70s.

THURSDAY: Nicholas’ circulation will continue to fall apart, but its moisture will linger over the area through the day – expect a variably cloudy sky with scattered showers and storms developing at random throughout the day. Expect highs in the lower to middle 80s. Downpours that develop could be heavy in nature. Scattered showers will continue at times overnight with lows in the lower 70s.

EXTENDED FORECAST: Even through Nicholas’ circulation will fall apart over the area – the remnant moisture will hang around through the next several days. This will keep things muggy with highs trending back toward the middle to upper 80s with a daily risk for showers and storms amid a mix of clouds and sun. A drier air-mass is about 10-12 days away from moving toward the region.

TALKIN’ TROPICS: Nicholas continues to spin down over Louisiana, spreading rain toward Mississippi and Alabama as well. The storm itself will fade through mid-week, but its remnant moisture will linger around the southeast through much of the next 10 days. Elsewhere in the Atlantic, three other disturbances – one off the Bahamas has a ‘medium’ chance for development off the southeast coast. Another featuring a ‘high’ chance of development coming off western Africa - right behind it, another wave that shows a ‘low’ chance for development in the next five days.

Patrick Ellis

WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist

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