Strong Storms Bringing Heavy Rain and Damaging Wind

 
Impacts Today:
  • Flash Flooding (localized)
  • Damaging Wind Gusts
  • Isolated Tornadoes
Impacts Thu – Fri:
  • Strong Wind – Power Outages (especially for Mountains)
  • Freezing Temperatures

Temperatures are running 20-25 degrees warmer than this time yesterday. This combined with an increase in moisture across the region leading to patchy fog and low hanging clouds. A strong cold front approaching from the west already bringing showers to the mountains. Rain will become more steady through the morning with pockets of heavy downpours likely to produce localized flooding. A flash flood watch is in effect for the mountains until 8pm this evening. This cold front will reach the I-85 corridor during peak daytime heating (after 2pm) Areas south and east of Charlotte will have the best potential for storms to become severe. Severe threat will clear the area by 7pm.

A much colder air mass will settle into the Carolinas behind this system. That cold air will collide with moisture in the mountains likely leading to even a light dusting of snow overnight. Winds will pick up and it will become downright blustery. Gusts across the mountains will reach 50-60+ mph with even 30 mph gusts across the Piedmont. This combined with colder air will bring single digit wind chills to the high country Friday morning. It will feel like the 20s across the Piedmont. Highs won’t get out of the low to mid 50s the next few days.

It’s not until Easter Weekend where things begin to turn around. Although still chilly Saturday morning, winds will calm and temps will warm during the day to the low 60s. Easter will bring sunny and pleasant weather. Highs will reach the low 70s. This pleasant stretch will take us right into the next week as temps continue to warm.