While Isaac will continue to weaken through the end of the week moving inland, damaging gusts could reach southern Missouri and the Branson area.
Tropical Rainstorm Isaac is likely to retain some sort of identity and circulation well inland of the Gulf Coast with the size of the overall system playing a big role.
According to Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity, "Strong gusts of wind near and east of the center of circulation are possible hundreds of miles inland through the end of the week."
While the overall coverage of damaging winds will decrease as Isaac moves inland, there could be pockets where downed trees and power lines occur through northern Mississippi, northern Louisiana Thursday and Arkansas and southern Missouri Thursday night into Friday.
Margusity does not expect damaging winds to the extent of another iStorm, Ike in 2008.
"Ike became hooked in with a strong jet stream from the southern Plains to the Ohio Valley and was able to transport some of the powerful high winds from aloft down to the surface in the form of damaging gusts," Margusity said.
The jet stream is well removed from Isaac, as indicated by the very slow movement of the system. The jet stream is likely to remain near the Canada border through the weekend.
A larger version of the latest forecast track map for Isaac (with times in EDT) can be found on the AccuWeather Hurricane Center.
By the time Isaac gets close to the jet stream, the system will have greatly dissipated.
There will be a continued heavy rain possibility with Isaac in some drought-stricken areas of the Plains and Midwest. However, some of the rain may fall too fast for small streams to absorb, but this is only likely in a small fraction of the region.
"People should still keep an eye on the system even though an eventual downgrade to a tropical depression and a non-tropical system will occur," Margusity added.
Locally strong thunderstorms from Isaac could reach into the Ohio Valley and Northeast days ahead. However, a widespread damaging wind event through the Ohio Valley is not likely.
A wet start to the weekend across Spain with flooding rain threatening northwestern areas will turn into a chilly Valentine's Day.
A storm will bring snow and ice that will lead to slippery travel along a 1,500-mile swath from northern Arkansas and Georgia to Maine early next week.
The coldest air of the winter will plunge southward across much of the eastern United States and will feature single-digit and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast during Valentine's Day weekend.
A blast of arctic air will be accompanied by flurries and even a localized wall of snow in some communities in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest at the start of the Valentine's Day weekend.
Heavy rain will raise the risk of flooding across more than a dozen states in the Southeast on Presidents Day to the East Coast on Tuesday.
The dry, summerlike heat sweeping Southern California will continue through the weekend into early next week.
Savannah, GA (1899)
(12th-13th) 2 in. snowfall, one of 3 snowstorms in past 200 years that required a ruler measurement.
Great Arctic Outbreak (1899)
Great Arctic Outbreak Continues: Dallas-Fort Worth, TX -8 deg. F., all time low. Amarillo, TX - 16 deg. F., all time low. Tulia, TX -23 deg. F., tied for all time Texas low. Camp Clarke, NE -47 deg. F., state record low temp. Little Rock, AR Absolute Min. -13 deg. F.
Great Atlantic Coast Blizzard (1899)
(12th-14th) Boston. . . Storm total of 16 in. Winds gusted to 65 mph at Blue Hill Observatory on the 12th and maintained an average of 50 mph through- out the entire day. 24-36 in. reported of snow just north in vicinity of Beverly. THE BOSTON HERALD declared: "Rarely, if ever, has Boston been so completely snowbound (until Feb. 1978...) as it has been by this blizzard." At the end of the storm depth measured 23 in. in Boston... the greatest depth in 98 years of records from 1871-1969.