ST. LOUIS – Hurricane Ida, or what will be left of it, is still about two days away from nearing the Bistate region. This means there is still some uncertainty in the track Ida will take but most direct impacts look to stay southeast of the St. Louis region.
For St. Louis, a cold front will try to drop south through the region early in the week as Ida moves north up along the Mississippi Valley before making a turn to the northeast. This cold front will bring an unsettled pattern to the area for the first half of the week.
Due to Ida moving northward, the front will stall on Tuesday keeping us unsettled with scattered storm chances. Once Ida passes southeast of the area on Tuesday, the cold front will clear the area bringing cooler and drier air back for the second half of the week.
Hurricane Ida has strengthened to a category 4 hurricane with winds sustained at 150 mph and gusting to 185 mph and is moving northwest toward the southeastern Louisiana coast. Winds will be increasing over the next few hours with the core of the storm making landfall later today.
As Ida makes landfall as a major hurricane there will be the danger of life-threatening storm surge inundation of 9 feet or above along the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines as well as catastrophic wind damage where the core of the storm moves onshore.
Hurricane Warnings are in effect along much of the Louisiana coast, including metropolitan New Orleans.
Once making landfall, Ida will gradually weaken and make a turn to the right, heading northward up the Mississippi Valley region and eventually northeastward into the Tennessee Valley region.
Early in the week, a cold front will be dropping south across the Fox 2 area and will interact with Ida as it moves up through the lower Mississippi Valley. The combination of the cold front and Ida will bring an unsettled pattern to much of the southeast portion of the U.S. with rain and storm chances through the first half of the week.
The center of what will be left of Ida looks to stay just southeast of the Bistate region. Southeast Missouri and southern Illinois could see greater rain chances as they will be closer to the remnants of the tropical system.