The remnants of Irma are forecast to track into the Ohio Valley this week, sparing Maryland from most of the tropical storm’s wind and rain, but bringing dreary conditions Tuesday through the weekend.
They are expected to cover much of the eastern half of the country all week, cut off from the jet stream that would otherwise be expected to sweep them out to sea, according to the National Weather Service. The path of strong eastward winds high in the atmosphere is expected to stay well north of the storm, across Canada into Maine.
Marylanders will start to feel Irma on Tuesday, either in the afternoon or at night, said Andrew Snyder, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Baltimore/Washington forecast office. But it will come as light rain with winds of 10-15 miles an hour, which is typical for a rainstorm.
Chances for showers are forecast to extend through Sunday.
Snyder said Irma may cause higher than normal tides on the Chesapeake Bay, which may cause some nuisance flooding in Annapolis and other low-lying areas.
Meteorologists are still watching a potential threat from Hurricane Jose, which is spinning in the Sargasso Sea and could affect the East Coast next week.
“One uncertainty or caveat to this long range forecast, beginning this upcoming Saturday and continuing into the following Wednesday, will be the whereabouts of Hurricane Jose that still lingers in the western sub-tropical Atlantic between Bermuda and the Bahamas,” weather service forecasters wrote Monday.
Jose is forecast to make a loop around that area of open ocean this week, and then could make a pass close to U.S. coastline next week.