Tropical Depression Twenty-Seven forms over Atlantic

Updated: Oct. 19, 2020 at 6:22 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) -Tropical Depression Twenty-Seven has formed over the central Atlantic. The system is forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm and move close to Bermuda later this week.

It will likely be named Epsilon - the 26th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

At this time, the system is not expected to directly impact the U.S., but it could produce rough surf and rip currents along the Atlantic coast.

Locally, under mostly sunny skies, highs will climb to the low 70s by this afternoon. Overnight temperatures will slide into the lower 50s across the Piedmont with 40s expected in the higher elevations - making for a slightly warmer start tomorrow.

Dry conditions and mostly sunny skies will be main theme of the forecast for the next few days to come as high pressure abides over the region. Meanwhile, high temperatures will climb into the lower 80s across the Piedmont by midweek. In fact, highs will be about to 10° above the seasonal average of 71°/70° Wednesday and Thursday.

As the weekend starts, high pressure will fade as a cold front moves into the eastern U.S. Therefore, there’s an increased chance for scattered showers Friday into Saturday. The latest forecast models have yet to nail down an agreement on the rainfall amounts, but at this point it appears the WBTV viewing area will receive less than a half inch of rain with our next round of wet weather.

-First Alert Meteorologist Jonathan Stacey

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