As states along the Gulf Coast were pummeled with Category 4 Hurricane Laura, which made landfall Thursday morning, forecasters are saying the Baltimore region might experience wet weather as a result of the storm.
The hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it makes it way through Arkansas after hitting Louisiana. The National Hurricane Center is warning that tropical storm-like winds and flash flooding are still possible. And a model from Tuesday night shows that remnants of the storm could reach Maryland by Friday.
Parts of Baltimore and Howard counties are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:15 p.m., and the rest of the region is under a severe thunderstorm watch
Luis Rosa, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Thursday night that the region is expected to see the impact late Friday and into Saturday.
“The impact is diminishing or less than what we thought originally,” the forecaster said. “The track has been trending further south, more toward Virginia and North Carolina.”
The National Weather Service said significant river flooding was possible to pass through the Baltimore region until Tuesday, meaning that there is a possibility that there could be damage to roads as well as residential, commercial and agricultural areas as a result of the storm.
On Friday, temperatures were expected to reach a high of 92 degrees. But the rest of the weekend should see cooler conditions no higher than about 86 degrees, according to the weather service.
The storm will likely bring 1 inch of rain, Rosa said, but it could bring up to 3. Although the risk for severe weather is low, the forecaster said the possibility “can’t be ruled out.”
The wet weather should be gone by Saturday night, Rosa said.
The Baltimore region is more than 8 inches above normal rainfall for August with a total of 10.86.
The first week of the month, Tropical Storm Isaias, which was downgraded from a hurricane, brought 3.5 inches.
Rosa said that Hurricane Laura will move quickly through the state, which could reduce the rainfall.
By Saturday the chance for rain jumps to 90% but without storms, and with a high of 85 degrees and low of 65.
Sunday should be sunny with a high near 82.
Baltimore Sun reporter Hallie Miller contributed to this article.