Further south, pop-up thunderstorms may strike the three south Florida congressional districts where Republicans are defending against well-funded challenges by Democrats. Florida voters will also be choosing between Democrat Andrew Gillum or Republican Ron DeSantis as their next governor and between Sen. Bill Nelson and Governor Rick Scott for the Senate seat.
Theres also a risk of flash floods between New York and northern New England, a region hosting multiple gubernatorial elections and some tight House contests, including the race between Democrat Antonio Delgado and Republican Rep. John Faso in New Yorks Hudson Valley, and the Staten Island clash between GOP Rep. Dan Donovan and progressive challenger, Max Rose.
Pennsylvania is looking at heavy rain in the morning and early afternoon. Democrats hope to pick up some seats in the states new court-ordered congressional district map — particularly in the suburbs around Philadelphia. Severe rain is in the forecast in New Jersey, too, where Democrats are seeking to flip several Republican-held suburban districts while helping Sen. Bob Menendez avoid a humiliating upset.
CBS News elections and surveys director Anthony Salvanto points out that historically, while weather has depressed turnout in races that are not competitive, it has not been a factor in competitive races. That is, in a close race, people are willing to stand in line in the rain or wind.
Keep an umbrella handy. There could be some patchy drizzle during the day, but most of us will just see extensive cloud cover. Better rain chances move in Thursday, but the rain will be mostly light for North Texas.
The clouds will stick around through the first half of Friday with blustery north winds and highs in the low 50s. The sun returns on Saturday with decreasing clouds, unfortunately temperatures will stay unseasonably cool for the next several days.
Average highs this time of the year are in the low 70s. But, overall, the next 9 days will be below normal in the mid-50s to near 60.