This Labor Day weekend isn't going to be one for being at the beach, unless you are a storm watcher and like wind and rain. But if you are staying around Carroll, or central Maryland, you may end up with a fairly nice holiday weekend.
Hurricane Hermine made landfall around 2 a.m. near Saint Marks, Fla. The center of the storm is approaching the Georgia-South Carolina border and will be near the North Carolina Outer Banks by Saturday morning. The storm has now been downgraded to a Tropical Storm.
Hermine is expected to move offshore Saturday before stalling and hanging off the Delaware and New Jersey coast early next week.
If it follows the current track, Carroll will likely see little, if any impact, from the storm. Maybe a little more wind, but little, if any, rain. Of course the track of the storm could change, and a shift toward the west will bring more rain and wind.
It still too early to know exactly where the rain will stop, but the areas north and west of the Interstate 95 corridor are likely to be on the drier side of the storm. The current National Weather Service forecast (around noon Friday) doesn't even list a chance of rain for Saturday and only a 20% chance from Saturday night and through Sunday.
Tropical Storm warnings have been issued for the lower Eastern Shore and St. Mary's County. Ocean City could see 4 to 6 inches of rain through Sunday.
Depending on how close the system stalls off the coast, showers may continue, especially along the coast, into early next week. But we should have a pretty nice Labor Day before some higher temperatures return by the middle of next week.
Here's a look at the current forecast for holiday weekend in central Maryland, but be sure to pay attention as any change in the Hermine's path could dramatically change the forecast:
- Friday: Sunny with a high around 80. Partly cloudy overnight with a low near 60.
- Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high in the mid 70s. A slight chance of rain after 9 p.m. with a low around 60. The chance of rain is about 20 percent.
- Sunday: A slight chance of rain with a high in the mid 70s. The chance of rain continues overnight with a low around 60.
- Monday: Partly sunny with a high in the low 80s.
- Tuesday: Sunny with a high in the mid 80s.