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First Alert: Showers, thunderstorms roll across WBTV viewing area Monday

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Monday 7:09 p.m.

Heavy showers and storms continue to roll across the WBTV viewing area this evening. The heaviest activity will be with us for the next few hours, before tapering off overnight. There are some indications that it could take until as late as midnight before all areas dry out completely, but it wouldn't be nearly as widespread that late into the night.

So far so good in terms of dodging severe weather and flooding. We're not out of the woods yet but downpours appear to be the biggest threat, followed by localized isolated flooding and finally, a small severe weather chance. Any severe storm would bring a threat of damaging straight-line winds.

It's been an active last 48 hours but we're almost finished and come Tuesday we'll be drying out in most areas. But, if you will be out and about this evening, don't forget to take the WBTV weather app with you so you can track live radar data and get weather alerts for your location. 

- Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases

Monday 3:30 p.m.

Ample moisture and instability will lead to another round of showers and thunderstorms this evening. While the severe threat isn't great... some of these storms will produce very heavy downpours and dangerous cloud to ground lighting. Any severe storm could also produce brief damaging winds. It will feel oppressive with dew points in the low seventies.

A cool front should slowly push south across the region Tuesday, so rain chances are knocked back to about 30%, mainly across our far southern counties.

Behind this front, some noticeably cooler and less humid air will return for the second half or the work week, something to look forward to!  

- Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases

Monday 5:30 a.m.

The unsettled weather from Sunday will linger into Monday as a front approaches from the west. With tropical humidity in place in advance of the front, more heavy downpours can be expected at just about any time today. Extensive cloud cover and wet weather holds afternoon readings to the low 80s today and limits our severe weather potential.

Due to more widespread coverage of storms and the timing being during the evening rush, a First Alert Day has been issued. There could also be a localized flooding threat Monday with more downpours on top of this evening's heavy rain.

Behind this front, some noticeably cooler and less humid air will return for the middle part of next week!  

Hope you have a great week!

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

Sunday 4 p.m.

A large portion of the WBTV viewing area will experience some heavy showers and storms Sunday evening. Fortunately, we are not anticipating much of a severe weather threat, but any storm could produce heavy rain in addition to gusty winds and lightning.

There could still be an isolated severe storm or two, but most of them will stay below severe limits.

Activity Sunday evening is breaking out in a more humid air mass on the outer periphery of an area of high pressure anchored offshore. There is also a front upstream which will cross the Carolinas by Monday evening, so the activity on Monday should be just as, if not more, widespread than the activity we will see Sunday evening.

In addition, a small flooding risk will return Monday as more heavy rain will fall on top of areas that see some downpours Sunday night.

Once again, severe weather potential does appear limited Monday. WBTV has issued a First Alert Day for Monday due to a higher flood risk, more coverage of storms and more people on the roads during storm time (evening rush). 

The attached Futurecast images show that while a shower is really possible at any point during the day Monday-- the heaviest activity and storm potential will arrive during the late Monday afternoon/early evening hours.  

- Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases 

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