Strong Wind, Heavy Rain Possible Late Thursday
A strong cold front will bring the threat of severe weather into the Carolinas late Thursday. The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted a level 1 (out of 5) severe threat for our region. Time is on our side as this line will likely lose steam and fall apart as it crosses over the Appalachians and into the WCCB viewing area overnight. However, an isolated severe storm cannot be ruled out. The primary threats will be damaging wind and localized flooding.
TIMING: 9 PM Thursday – 4 AM Friday
THREATS: Damaging Wind Gusts, Localized Flooding (Mountains), Isolated Tornado
Spotty showers will begin Thursday afternoon for the mountains, but the mainline with the heaviest rain will not arrive until late Thursday. The good news is, it will be moving quickly, which will limit rainfall totals for the majority of the area to less than .5″. However, 1-1.5″ of rainfall will still be possible for the mountains which could lead to localized flooding.
Sustained winds will be between 10-20 mph with wind gusts 30-40 mph will be possible ahead of the cold front Thursday night into early Friday. Gusts more than 50 mph will be possible across the higher elevations through midday Friday. A wind advisory has been issued for the mountains. Secure any loose objects on your porch or in your yard ahead of time.
Rain will clear the region by daybreak Friday. The warmest part of the day will be after midnight. Temps will fall near freezing for the mountains and into the mid 50s across the rest of the area where they will stay relatively steady through mid-afternoon.