Barry drenching the Gulf coast - scattered thunderstorms for us

Saturday morning forecast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Tropical Storm Barry made landfall near Intracoastal City, LA around 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The storm was downgraded to a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph. The wind speed isn’t the biggest issue though. This storm is crawling... and that’s the whole problem. The storm is poking along at 6 mph. Unfortunately, this won’t be a storm that moves in and then moves on. It isn’t going to pick up the pace after it makes landfall. The heaviest rain is still falling over the Gulf right now but that will gradually work into Louisiana and Mississippi. Rain will continue to fall across the same areas for the rest of the weekend.

The Mississippi River has been running high in many locations. More rain isn’t a welcome sight. Only time will tell just how much damage is done but 10-12″ of rain will be quite likely. Some places could get up to 20″.

Our forecast doesn’t feature any huge changes. It will still be warm and muggy with highs in the low 90s. Rain chances will be best across South Carolina this afternoon and evening. The farther north you go, the better chance you have for a dry day. Sunday will be mainly dry for many of us – but it will be just a tad hotter. Highs will be in the low to mid 90s.

The week ahead doesn’t offer much of a cool-down. Highs will be in the low to mid 90s every day. The humidity isn’t going anywhere either. Rain chances will remain at around 20% for the first half of the week. As the remnants of Barry loop around, we will pick up a little better rain chance for the second half of the week.

Have a great day!

Meteorologist Leigh Brock

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