06/16 – Brantly’s “Wet Weekend Ahead” Thursday Night Forecast
Drier air moving southward into the area today will allow for quiet weather conditions to continue through tomorrow, ahead of the potential tropical event this weekend. Late Friday is when conditions will start to deteriorate as a surge of tropical moisture is expected to enter the area. Rainfall amounts will see a drastic jump between Thursday and Saturday.
In the Weather Prediction Center’s outlook, our area is still under a Slight Risk for excessive rainfall from Friday morning to Saturday morning. There are 6 to 10 inches of rainfall forecast, but these rainfall totals could be doubled in localized areas. This means that flash flooding could potentially become an issue for low lying areas.
Given the substantial instability and increased tropical moisture expected Friday night, isolated tornadoes may also be possible throughout the night and into Saturday as bands of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms move through the area. Winds are also expected to become elevated during these strong storms on Friday as well as Saturday, with sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour and gusts up to 40 miles per hour.
Gulf seas will become very rough for mariners over the next few days with wave heights of 8 to 12 feet possible starting Friday. The Mississippi Sound will also be relatively rough at 4 to 6 feet through the weekend.