COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A bit of a dreary start to the week as Tropical Storm Marco moves slowly along the northern Gulf Coast, bringing cloudy skies and rain at times to the Chattahoochee Valley for Monday. Highs will struggle to get any warmer than the mid 80s today with the rain and clouds around, but the heaviest rain will stay south and west of us closer to the Florida Panhandle. As Marco moves farther westward, our rain chances will go down for Tuesday with Wednesday and Thursday looking much drier as high pressure builds over our area from the Atlantic. With lingering clouds, we should still see below average highs in the 80s tomorrow, but 90s return by mid-week.
Down in the Caribbean, Tropical Storm Laura managed to effortlessly maintain its strength while moving over Cuba and Hispaniola, a sign that it is a very well-organized and well-structured system, which will only aid in the possibility of rapid intensification as it moves into the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico over the next 48 hours. For now, it still looks like Laura would be steered toward Texas or Louisiana by mid-week and potentially make landfall as a hurricane. Once Laura moves inland, we’ll have to see if the remnants could bring us some rain by Friday and Saturday as it moves eastward again, but we’ll keep you posted in the days ahead. Everyone on the northern Gulf Coast certainly needs to remain vigilant and cautious with Laura on the horizon. Our weekend forecast depends on the trajectory of Laura’s remnants, but for now we have a mix of sun and clouds, a chance of rain, and highs in the low 90s.
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