Hurricane Florence continues on its forecast track in the Carolinas.
Philadelphia will be far enough away from the general circulation of the storm to escape most of the effects over the weekend. It will be breezy on Saturday with winds from the east. High surf and windy conditions for the Jersey shore.
Partly to mostly sunny skies for Saturday and especially Sunday according to the National Blend of Models (NBM) while the GFS has a bit more cloudiness of Saturday with a chance of light showers late in the afternoon in Delaware. Highs near 80.
An easterly flow will keep humidity in place with dewpoints in the mid to upper 60s.
On Sunday, mostly sunny, occasional clouds, is forecast. Dewpoints drop a bit in the afternoon. High 81.
Heavy rain (1-2 inches) is predicted by the ECMWF (European) and the GFS for Monday night through Tuesday in our area as the moisture remnants of Florence move up into our area.
The latest models continue with hurricane Florence hitting north Carolina, somewhat further south than predicted earlier in the week. The path southward and then into the US continues to be forecast.
Another change is a decrease in anticipated intensity. While intensity forecasts are even less reliable than hurricane track forecasts, the latest show Florence to approach as a category 2-3 hurricane and reduce quickly to a category 2. This is less severe than forecast earlier in the week.
Current tracks (various models) as of Thursday morning.
The anticipated lingering of the storm along the coast for 24 hours will still result in major wind damage and severe flooding despite the decrease in intensity level.
The forecast for the Philadelphia area still calling for dry conditions over the weekend. The cloud shield from the storm may result in overcast conditions. The statistical models suggest that the remnants of the hurricane will result in heavy rains sometime in the late Monday to early Wednesday time frame in our area.