What to Know
- Hurricane Michael approaches the Florida Panhandle as a Category 3 storm.
- Storm Team4 says to expect rain and temperatures in the fifties and sixties at the end of the week.
- The path of the hurricane and interaction with a cold front will determine how much rain falls in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
A hurricane that rapidly formed off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula could bring rain to the D.C. area by the end of the week.
Hurricane Michael strengthened to a Category 3 storm as it approached the Florida Panhandle, and the National Hurricane Center says it will continue to strengthen as it approaches the U.S. Areas of northern Florida are under mandatory evacuation orders ahead of a Wednesday's forecast landfall.
The storm will weaken significantly as it travels into parts of the Carolinas and Virginia before heading out to sea.
The storm will have less of an impact in the D.C. area.
Storm Team4 says a cold front is set to cross the region Thursday into Friday, and it will absorb the remnants of Michael and bring rain to the area Thursday.
You may see periods of rain and even a thunderstorm Thursday as Hurricane Michael heads over the Carolinas. Up to 1 inch of rain may fall.
Storm Team4 will be watching Hurricane Michael closely all week long.
One thing that is certain is the drop in temperature we'll see by the end of the week.
A coastal flood advisory is in effect for Washington, D.C., through midnight Wednesday. The warm and humid weather will continue Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs in the low 80s.
A cold front will cross the D.C. area Thursday into Friday, dropping temperatures into the 60s Friday.
The weekend is looking more like fall, with highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s and 50s.