It's a crisp and cool morning, and later today we begin a trend of much warmer and much drier weather.
A building high pressure dome in the upper levels of the atmosphere emerges Friday and carries into early next week. This promotes a stretch of mainly sunny and unseasonably warm days.
This same feature plays a significant role in what will seem like erratic movement of Hurricane Florence Friday into the weekend. Forecast model data continues to support the notion of a potential landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina Friday morning, with significant impact before then.
With strong upper ridging to the north, northeast, and west of Florence, the storm will stall near the coastline and slowly drift southwestward, impacting South Carolina and possibly the Georgia coast, too, by the end of the weekend.
Rain amounts will be more than roads and storm drains can handle in many towns.
The risk of a life-threatening storm surge remains likely along the North Carolina coast, and the slow movement means days of tropical rain and possibly catastrophic flash flooding in the southeast.
We'll continue to monitor any changes in the path of Florence all day on WTHR and our digital platforms.