As of 7 PM Sunday- Many scattered storms passed through the area earlier this afternoon, and we expect a few more to continue, at least until the sun sets. The high rain chance today is due to the combination of a frontal boundary to our north and tropical moisture moving in from the south. Temperatures were below average, only reaching the upper 80s for the most part. Some areas will cool down from the rain. Cool conditions like this should persist for the majority of the week.
Expect much more rain on Monday and Tuesday- these are the days we will see impacts from Tropical Storm Fred. A Vipir 6 Alert Day has been issued for Tuesday as well as Monday. Although the center of Fred is staying well to our west, we will experience the outer bands on the eastern side of the storm where the bulk of the precipitation is. As of the latest updates this evening, the track of Fred has slightly shifted to the east, bringing us more rain all the way through Tuesday night. There is a marginal risk for excessive rainfall on Monday, and a slight risk on Tuesday. Overall, rainfall totals should not be that extreme, staying around 1-3″ for the western and central CSRA counties, and around 1-2″ for the eastern CSRA counties. Wind gusts could be as high as 30 mph. The severe threat is low, but with any tropical system it can’t be ruled out. As of now, the biggest concern is localized flooding.
When it comes to the structure of Fred, the Hurricane Hunters confirmed this morning that there is a low pressure center, so it has officially regained tropical storm status. Wind speeds are 40 mph and it is moving slowly towards the NNW.
Rain chances remain high throughout the rest of the week as well since tropical moisture will linger in our area. Temperatures will stay below average and then climb back into the low 90s by the weekend, with a summertime pattern returning.