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National Weather Summary for Wednesday, October 10, 2018

by David Moran, on Oct 10, 2018 11:22:04 AM

Thunderstorms are expected across the Southeast through Thursday as Hurricane Michael makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon. In addition, excessive rainfall is likely across the Southeast and Mid Atlantic through Thursday. Elevated winds and seas will continue across the Gulf of Mexico through early Thursday morning. A cold front will be the focus for the development of thunderstorms across the Midwest on Wednesday. Snow will continue for portions of the Upper Midwest. Across portions of Wyoming, snow is expected to continue through mid-afternoon.

  • Thunderstorms for the Southeast through Thursday
  • Excessive Rainfall through Thursday for the Southeast and Mid Atlantic
  • Elevated Winds and Seas for the Gulf of Mexico through early Thursday Morning
  • Risk for Thunderstorms Wednesday across the Midwest
  • Potential for Excessive Rainfall across the Northern Great Lakes on Wednesday
  • Snow Continuing Wednesday for the Upper Midwest
  • Continued Snow for Southwestern Wyoming on Wednesday
  • Thunderstorms Friday for Southwest Texas
  • Tropical Update

US Hazards Wednesday, October 10, 2018
US Hazards

Thunderstorms for the Southeast through Thursday
As Hurricane Michael makes landfall over the Florida Panhandle today and moves through the Southeast on Thursday, damaging winds can be expected. In addition, associated thunderstorm squalls will bring an increased risk for brief tornadoes.

Major Cities in Region: Tallahassee, FL, Macon, GA, Jacksonville, FL, Columbia, SC, Raleigh, NC, Wilmington, NC

Thunderstorm Risk October 10-11, 2018
Thunderstorm Risk for Wednesday and Thursday

Excessive Rainfall through Thursday for the Southeast and Mid Atlantic
In addition to the thunderstorm risk associated with Hurricane Michael, deep tropical moisture will spread northward and bring an increased potential for excessive rainfall. Rainfall accumulations of 5-10 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 12 inches will allow for a risk for flooding and flash flooding. 

Major Cities in Region: Tallahassee, FL, Macon, GA, Columbia, SC, Raleigh, NC

Rainfall Accumulation October 10-11, 2018
Rainfall Accumulation through Thursday

Elevated Winds and Seas for the Gulf of Mexico through early Thursday Morning
Elevated winds and seas will continue across the Gulf of Mexico through early Thursday morning as Hurricane Michael continues to move northward. Across western portions of the region, the primary impact will be seas of 8-12 feet. Further east, seas will range 15-25 feet but decrease to 7-10 feet by late tonight. Winds ranging 40-60 knots are expected. 

Winds and Wave Heights for 7pm CDT Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Winds and Wave Heights for 7pm CDT Wednesday

Risk for Thunderstorms Wednesday across the Midwest
A slow moving area of low pressure and cold front will promote isolated to scattered thunderstorm development on Wednesday. Conditions are not expected to be overly favorable for severe thunderstorms, but a few strong storms may produce gusty winds.

Major Cities in Region: Wausau, WI, Chicago, IL

Thunderstorm Risk for Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Thunderstorm Risk for Wednesday

Potential for Excessive Rainfall across the Northern Great Lakes on Wednesday
In addition to the thunderstorm potential described above, there will be a risk for excessive rainfall across the Northern Great Lakes. Rainfall totals will range 1-3 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 4 inches.

Major Cities in Region: Marquette, MI, Grand Rapids, MI

Rainfall Accumulation for Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Rainfall Accumulation for Wednesday

Snow Continuing Wednesday for the Upper Midwest
An area of low pressure lifting northeastward across the Great Lakes region will continue to generate light to moderate snow across the Upper Midwest today. Snow accumulations of 3-6 inches are expected. Some light freezing rain may also develop, but accumulations are not expected to be significant.

Major Cities in Region: Grand Forks, ND, Fargo, ND, International Falls, MN

Snow and Ice Accumulation for Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Snow and Ice Accumulation for Wednesday

Continued Snow for Southwestern Wyoming on Wednesday
Snow will continue for portions of southwestern Wyoming through mid afternoon. Accumulations will range 2-4 inches with locally higher amounts in excess of 6 inches. Gusty winds could result in blowing snow and reduced visibilities.

Major Cities in Region: Rock Springs, WY

Snow Accumulation for Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Snow Accumulation for Wednesday

Thunderstorms Friday for Southwest Texas
The remnants of Sergio moving far inland combined with an increasing low level jet will allow for a low potential for thunderstorms across southwest Texas on Friday. While severe storms should be fairly isolated, any storms that develop could produce damaging winds and possibly an isolated tornado or two. 

Major Cities in Region: Alpine, TX, Pecos, TX

SPC Convective Outlook for Friday, October 12, 2018
SPC Convective Outlook for Friday

Tropical Update
Hurricane Michael (green oval) is 60 miles south-southwest of Panama City, Florida and is moving north-northeastward at 14 mph. A turn toward the northeast is expected this afternoon or tonight. Michael will increase in forward speed on Thursday. Landfall along the Florida Panhandle is expected early this afternoon as a category 4 hurricane. Maximum sustained winds are at 150 mph with higher gusts.

Enhanced Infrared Satellite 10/10/18

Enhanced Infrared Satellite

Hurricane Leslie (red oval) is 1130 miles southwest of the Azores and is moving south-southeastward at 7 mph. A slow turn toward the east-northeast is expected today followed by an increase in forward speed tomorrow through the early weekend. Maximum sustained winds are at 75 mph with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is expected during the next day or two, but weakening should begin by Friday.

Tropical Storm Nadine (blue oval) is 505 miles west-southwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde islands and moving northwestward at 7 mph. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected over the next couple of days followed by a turn toward the west-northwest. Maximum sustained winds are at 65 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is anticipated today, with weakening likely by tomorrow. Nadine is forecast to dissipate over the weekend. 

A Look Ahead
Heavy rain is forecast over southwest Texas on Saturday as an area of low pressure develops. On Sunday, an upper level trough will move across portions of the Rockies, bringing a potential for snow to portions of Colorado and Wyoming. Light rain may continue Sunday across south Texas. By Monday, showers and thunderstorms will extend from the Mid-Mississippi Valley into south Texas ahead of a cold front. Light snow may develop across portions of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest on Tuesday.

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