Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ida's Center Nearly Onshore

Tropical Storm Ida continued to weaken overnight, and also slowed its approach to the Gulf Coast. However, the "body" of the storm's cloud-cover and rain is completely covering the Southeast this morning. Moisture from Ida will continue to overspread the region and head toward the Commonwealth this afternoon and evening, with a good chance for rain overnight and through Wednesday. Ida's remnants will be absorbed in an approaching mid- to upper-level trough now moving into the Eastern U.S., and while that trough swings through the region over the next couple of days, we will have an opportunity for rain in Virginia and through the Carolinas. The associated cold front will move south of the area Wednesday, with surface high pressure moving into the region and bringing cooler air. While Ida's remnants interact with this front, rainfall potential will linger into Thursday in Virginia, but the highest rain totals will likely be along and south of the boundary in the Carolinas.

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