WEATHER: Hermine moving north through Georgia, Carolinas in the crosshairs

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - With Hermine now marching northward from the Gulf Coast, rain chances will be on the rise today.

We will start to see showers as early as this morning, especially in southern and eastern sections, then transition to a steady rain by afternoon. By late in the afternoon into the evening, rain could be heavy at times, especially in eastern sections closer to the track. The latest models are continue to trend the heaviest rain from Charlotte eastward.

If this trend continues, many high school football games west of I-77 may have a good shot at "ok" weather for their games. Highs today will only be in the 70s under cloudy skies.

As far as winds, you'll feel the breeze pick up during this afternoon, then it turns windy this evening. Gusts between 25 - 35mph are expected. There could be a few isolated higher gusts east of the city, closer to Hermine's track.

Rain and wind will end abruptly Saturday morning as the storm lifts quickly to the northeast. Following the departing storm, Saturday afternoon and all of both Sunday and Monday will be quite nice across the WBTV viewing area. Highs will be in the low to mid 80s with dry conditions and low humidity wrapping in behind the storm.

Stay tuned to WBTV and for the very latest on Hurricane Hermine!

- Meteorologist Al Conklin