Rain chances will continue to increase this weekend.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF MIDDLE GEORGIA UNTIL 11 A.M.
A center of low pressure is directly over the mid-state. This means we can expect more cloud cover, rain and thunderstorms during the morning and evening on Thursday. However, heavy rain and an increased amount of thunderstorms will be much more likely in the later half of the day.
More clouds will move in early Friday. Rain chances will be increased during the day and thunderstorms remain possible. High temperatures will fall back into the mid 80's.
All of Memorial Day weekend will be plagued with rain and thunderstorms, even more that what we have seen during the work week. This will be due to the tropical low that is developing near the Yucatan Peninsula. This low does have the potential to become a tropical depression, but the bigger impact to the mid-state will be the rain totals. We have already seen between 1-4" of rain so far this week and another 2-3" will be possible during the holiday weekend alone.
WATCHING THE TROPICS:
The tropical low we have been tracking has now made landfall in Mexico. This system is projected to move northward towards the central Gulf of Mexico by tomorrow morning. Over the next 48 hours, conditions in the western Caribbean will be unfavorable for any tropical development. Once it reaches the Gulf, the water is much warmer and therefore more prone to become a tropical depression. The National Hurricane Center is giving this system a 70% chance to become a tropical depression before it makes landfall in the United States.
Regardless if it develops or not we will see an increased amount of rainfall both along the peninsula and the panhandle of Florida over the next week and even into Memorial Day. Rain totals 4-5" are possible between today and next Tuesday morning with a majority of that rain moving in Friday through Monday. Isolated flooding will be possible along the western Gulf coast including Pensacola Beach, Destin and Panama City. Locally we are expecting around 3 inches of rain this holiday weekend from this low.
Today's Record Temperatures