Patricia is weakening across Mexico

Posted at 8:32 AM, Oct 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-24 08:58:46-04

Patricia made landfall across southwestern Mexico around 7:15 pm EDT Friday with winds of 165 mph.  By 5 am EDT, wind speeds had dropped to 75 mph, and by 8 am EDT, winds had dropped to 50 mph, making it a tropical storm.  As Patricia continues to track over the higher terrain of Mexico Saturday afternoon, the storm will continue to weaken to just an area of low pressure.


Some sections of Mexico received over 10" of rainfall by Saturday morning, and additional rainfall will continue across central and northeastern Mexico Saturday afternoon and evening.

The moisture from the remnants will get drawn into another system currently affecting Texas.  That system dropped 10 to 15 inches of rain southeast of Dallas during a 24-hour period ending Saturday morning.  Additional rainfall will continue across eastern Texas this weekend, with the moisture spreading into Louisiana and Arkansas.  Here is a map showing forecast rainfall from Saturday through Monday:


That system will weaken as it tracks northeastward.  We will get some rainfall from it on Wednesday, but computer models are suggesting the amounts could stay below 1/2 inch.  So, a little bit of the leftover moisture from Patricia will be in a system that reaches Virginia mid-week.  That will be the only possible local impact from the weakening storm.