Delta is beginning to make an appearance on satellite as it works into the Gulf of Mexico. After making brief landfall in Mexico, Delta has returned to the Atlantic and is intensifying as it works into the Gulf.
As of the latest from the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Delta will continue working northward. Landfall is expected to be made sometime late Friday/early Saturday through the heart of Louisiana. Uncertainty still lies with strength and path but as of this morning, Delta continues to strengthen as it enters the warm Gulf waters. Once landfall is made, Delta will work north and eastward forcing its way into western TN and KY. Again, uncertainty lies with the exact path, so anticipate changes in the days ahead.
Moving forward, we will phase back towards normal/slightly above normal temperatures. Checking out the the middle of October, temperatures will be similar to what we will experienced Monday and Tuesday. On the flip side, precipitation will more than likely be at to above average.
For the short term, things will stay dry today and much of the day Friday. We'll start to see cloud cover migrate in the second half of today, bringing cloudy skies to close out the work week. By the evening hours of tomorrow, a few isolated showers can't be ruled out. Through Saturday, showers and a few storms should be anticipated throughout the day. Again, changes are likely once Delta makes landfall but given the latest, the majority of this system will hang to the west and north (good news for us).
Continue to check back in for updates regarding Delta; changes are inevitable. As for today, stay cool! Above average temperatures will blanket the region with some areas reaching the mid 80's. Cloud cover and the eventual rainfall will cool things back down Friday and the weekend. Have a good Thursday and thank you for relying on Secret City Weather for all your east Tennessee weather needs.
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