Clouds are expected to increase today on Delmarva as Hurricane Dorian bears down on the east coast of the United States. The Salisbury area is under a Tropical Storm watch, which means that we could experience tropical storm conditions within 36 hours as the hurricane has increased in strength to Category 3 as of this morning. Be aware, however, that the Tropical Storm Warnings are posted at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
It is possible that showers and even thunderstorms may develop this afternoon. Rainfall chances will increase as the evening wears on and winds will increase to 25 to 35 mph with higher gusts possible.
By the time Friday arrives our area could be inundated with rain, wind, and tidal flooding. Highs today should reach the upper 70’s. Friday may see us cool off further as a colder air mass, driven by the jet stream, should help nudge Dorian to our east.
I believe that the period from 10 PM tonight until 6 PM Friday will bring the worst of whatever Dorian has in store for us, to our area.
Currently, it appears that the upcoming Folk Festival in downtown Salisbury should see a steady windswept rain certainly in the morning and daytime hours. If Dorian continues at its present pace, with a little luck, the rain could possibly end by the early evening. However, visitors to our area, if they remain patient, may experience brilliant sunshine and comfortable temperatures for the weekend. Cross your fingers!