Michael, the 13th named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, became the first major hurricane of the season early Thursday morning as it moved northeastward in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Rapid intensification from a tropical storm to a Category 3 storm occurred in less than 12 hours as Michael entered a very favorable environment.
As of 5:00 p.m. EDT Thursday, Michael had become slightly weaker and was downgraded to a Category 2 storm. Michael should remain a Category 2 storm into Saturday, before possible weakening into a Category 1 storm occurs later Saturday night or Sunday, according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.
Satellite loop of Michael from NOAA.
"As Leslie intensifies and becomes larger, it should influence the northward movement of Michael early next week. This will also exert increased shear over the storm [Michael], causing it weaken," Kottlowski stated.
Michael's path will also be over colder water, another factor that will favor weakening.
Michael will continue to stay away from any land mass during the next several days.
Besides Michael and Leslie, which is predicted to impact Bermuda and then Atlantic Canada, there is an area of thunderstorms associated with a piece of Isaac in the northern Gulf and another wave in the eastern Atlantic that will require watching in the coming days.
A new storm may take a northward turn and rapidly strengthen Monday night into Tuesday, perhaps bringing blizzard conditions to part of New England and Long Island.
An Alberta Clipper storm moving in from the Midwest will bring snow to areas in the mid-Atlantic missed by a coastal storm on Saturday.
An Alberta Clipper storm will spread a swath of accumulating snow and slippery travel through the Midwest during Saturday night and Sunday.
A winter storm is spreading accumulating snow from the mid-Atlantic to southern New England.
After bringing rain and snow to the mid-Atlantic Friday night, a winter storm will focus on eastern New England through Saturday afternoon.
Significant snow is expected to move into Atlantic Canada over the weekend.
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Minus 19 degrees -- minimum temperature for state.
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Strong chinook winds over the foothills of Colorado and Wyoming: Wondervu, CO 140 mph.
Inland snowstorm; some totals: Dahlonega, GA 4-6 inches Clarkesville, GA 5.5 inches Sky Valley, GA 6.0 inches Westminster, SC 3-4 inches