CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Severe thunderstorms are rolling along I-85 in SC this afternoon and approaching the WBTV viewing area and the greater Charlotte region. I can't rule out scattered thunderstorms increasing through the late afternoon and evening hours.
There could be additional downpours or rumbles of thunder overnight, but gusty strong or severe storms would be more likely with the evening wave.
The system departs overnight and pulls away into Saturday, with gradual clearing to follow into Saturday morning.
Behind this front, not only do temperatures ease back for the upcoming weekend but so does the humidity! Weekend temperatures will slide back into the mid-80s with dew points falling into the upper 50s by Sunday.
And for the first time in a long time, we have only 80s on the 7-day forecast!
Meteorologist Eric Thomas
It is a First Alert Day and we are now getting a little better look at the timing of storm arrival for later on this afternoon and evening.
There is fairly good consensus among our weather models that the main activity or line of storms will move into the mountains around 3-4 p.m. or so, working down to the I-77 corridor/Charlotte metro between 5-6pm, and then exiting to the east. Our far southeastern counties should be cleared by 8 or 9.
While this timing is a general guideline for the arrival of the main line of storms, there are some indications that there may be additional scattered storms overnight, lasting as long as midnight or later. So, you may hear some downpours or rumbles of thunder overnight. However, severe storms and gusty winds would be more likely with the first wave.
Of course, this is a big and busy night for the Charlotte area with the kick-off of 24 hours of Booty at 7 p.m. While I am optimistic that storms should be exiting by or around this time initially, overnight riders should be alert to additional rain and storm potential if they plan to ride through the night.
The WBTV weather app is a great way to be notified of rain or lightning detected near your location, as well as severe weather alerts and frequent weather updates from the First Alert weather team!
Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases