Sally (That Storm)
HEAVY RAIN, BREEZY CONDITIONS, ISOLATED TORNADOES POSSIBLE MIDWEEK
While scattered showers and storms have dotted the area this weekend, more rainfall is on the way later this week courtesy of Tropical Storm Sally gathering strength in the east central Gulf. The storm will move west then northwest, eyeing a landfall on the northern Gulf coast between New Orleans and Pascagoula, Miss., where hurricane warnings are currently in effect. Sally will be accompanied by flooding rains, hurricane force winds, and a dangerous storm surge near and to the right of where the storm makes landfall.
Locally, we will start to see impacts from the storm late Tuesday and especially into Wednesday and Thursday. Breezy conditions will overspread the area midweek, especially the further south and west of Columbus you go. Occasional moderate to heavy rainfall may cause isolated flooding concerns, especially where heavier bands of rainfall set up. With Sally’s winds aloft moving over our area as well, we can’t rule out isolated tornadoes, especially late Wednesday into Thursday. We will have much more on this threat as we go into the early part of the week.
Highs will be mainly in the 80s this week, kept down into the lower 80s in the middle of the week with the clouds and rainfall around. Lows will hover around the 70 degree mark.
As Sally departs, a refreshing air mass looks to move in, bringing seasonable weather, mostly sunny skies, and highs in the 80s with lows in the 60s.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker