Other than a few passing light showers today has been another fair and warm day across the state. We are monitoring thunderstorm development over northeast Mississippi this afternoon but those storms look to move north of our area this evening.
TONIGHT: A few cloudy will stick around tonight as we head into another mild night in the 60s. An upper level trough will move in from the west and that brings in a small rain chance tonight. A few areas could experience light drizzle overnight but the overwhelming majority of folks will be dry and warm.
TOMORROW: If you enjoyed today's weather then you're in luck tomorrow. The weather stays on repeat as the upper trough continues to move east. Temperatures will rise to slightly above average levels (low 90s) during the afternoon. We'll start the day with more sun than clouds but expect a good 50/50 mix by the afternoon. An isolated shower or thunderstorms cannot be ruled out. Most areas will remain dry so we'll place rain coverage at 10%.
MEMORIAL DAY & THE WORKWEEK: The upper trough will stretch over the southeast region tomorrow night and early next week. A storm system currently over the ArkLaMiss will merge with now Tropical Storm Bonnie along the east coast. This will help rain chances Monday (20%) as we're in for another warm and muggy day in the low 90s. A second system approaching from the west will keep rain chances elevated through the workweek. The area of low pressure will be well to our north, but it's trailing cold front will sweep through the state. Each day expect highs in the upper 80s to low 90s, and afternoons consisting of increased cloud coverage and a few showers/storms.
TROPICAL STORM BONNIE: The outer rain bands of Tropical Storm Bonnie are hitting the South Carolina coastline today. The system is centered about 180 miles south-southeast of Charleston, S.C., moving toward the northwest near 10 mph. Maximum sustained winds are around 35 mph with even higher gusts. This system is just below tropical storm strength. However, the depression is forecast to become a tropical storm later today as it moves over the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.
A Tropical Storm Warning continues along the South Carolina coast. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the coast within the warning area later tonight or early Sunday. Bonnie is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches from eastern South Carolina through southeastern North Carolina. Storm surge inundation of 1 to 2 feet above ground level is possible within the tropical storm warning area. This system is expected to produce life-threatening surf and rip current conditions along portions of the southeastern United States coast through the weekend.
Vernon Turner, WSFA First Alert Meteorologist
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