Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall near the north-central Gulf coast Wednesday evening before getting picked up by a trough of low pressure and rapidly moving through the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday. Depending upon its exact track, the Washington Region could pick up several inches of rain during the day on Thursday.
If Zeta tracks north and west of DC, our region would be in the warm sector ahead of a cold front. Increasing wind shear and dew points in the upper 60s could provide the ingredients necessary for strong to severe thunderstorms, some of which could produce tornadoes. If the DC Region remains on the northern side of the track, we would mainly see a heavy rain event.