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Forecast Last Updated at Monday, October 26, 2020 at 6:14PM

Fog Returns Tonight

Partly to mostly cloudy skies this afternoon held temperatures down slightly in most areas, but we still ended up slightly above average. After morning cloudiness sunshine follows Tuesday and holds for a day and a half. Yet again the remnants of another tropical system, Zeta, brings a healthy round of rain Wednesday night through Thursday. See details below.

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Hi: 74 Lo: 48

Mostly cloudy with fog returning; Light wind

Hi: 67 Lo: 50

Patchy fog early; Becoming mostly sunny; Warmer; Light West wind

Hi: 68 Lo: 58

Some sun early then increasing clouds; Rain arrives Wed. evening; Mild; Light SW wind

Hi: 66 Lo: 46

Cloudy with periods of rain; Moderate to heavy at times

Hi: 52 Lo: 33

Cloudy with a few showers early; Clearing in the PM and turning colder; Windy

Further Out

Saturday - Mostly sunny & cool; Nice, yet chilly for Trick-or-Treating Sat. night; High in the lower 50s; Low in the mid 30s
Sunday - Mostly cloudy; Light showers around, mainly PM; Remaining cool; High in the lower 50s; Low in the upper 30s

Forecast Discussion

The long stretch of quiet weather ended this weekend and we'll endure an active pattern to close out October. First up, the cool wedge of high pressure blanketing the area broke down today. Sunshine and milder temperatures return Tuesday and for the first half of Wednesday.... then enters Zeta.

Tropical Storm Zeta, soon to be a hurricane, traverses over the Yucatan Peninsula tonight on a journey into the open Gulf. Zeta makes landfall southeast of New Orleans Wednesday afternoon and gets catapulted northeast as it interacts with an approaching low pressure system. It will track through the heart of the Southeast and along the spine of the southern Appalachians Wednesday night and out through Virginia late Thursday. Rain overspreads the area Wednesday night and continues for most of Thursday. Rain could be heavy at times with 1"-3" of rain expected when it's said and done.

Friday, a cold front is on the heels of Zeta. Any lingering early morning showers yield to afternoon sunshine, falling temperatures, and a strong northwest wind. Chilly air hangs around for the weekend, but it will at least be dry for Trick-or-Treating Saturday night. Another front buzzes through Sunday producing a few daytime showers.


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