10/8 – Payton’s Monday Morning Forecast

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Cruisin’ the Coast is gone and now our attention turns to the tropics. Michael is expected to become a category 1 hurricane later this morning as it enters the Gulf of Mexico. We are already seeing extra moisture stream into the area, so rain chances will be elevated today. The winds will also be breezy out of the east over the next few days as well. Rain chances will be on and off starting today through Wednesday. The storm will be traveling due north over the next 24 hours or so before it starts to make a right turn toward the Florida Panhandle. This is thanks to a trough to the west and a weakening ridge to the east. The faster the storm moves the closer it will be to the Alabama/Florida area, but the slower it moves the further east it will move toward Florida. At the moment the National Hurricane Center has it making landfall somewhere along the Florida Panhandle Wednesday afternoon as a strong category 2 hurricane. Here in South Mississippi we will have breezy north winds, but if it stays off to our east far enough the weather will be fairly dry on Wednesday. Going into Thursday the wrap around winds from Michael will help push a cold front through the area, which means we’ll finally see fall weather! Temperatures in the lower 80s with lows in the upper 50s and lowers 60s into the weekend!