CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Today's forecast remains unchanged for now. If you're heading out to watch the eclipse, clouds will, of course, be the biggest concern, especially across South Carolina which looks to have a little bit of higher cumulus cloud coverage mid-afternoon.
It certainly is possible that a cloud gets in the way of your 2 minutes of totality if you plan to travel deep into South Carolina. That would be unlucky, but possible.
In the Charlotte area, the partial eclipse begins at 1:12 p.m. and ends at 4:04 p.m. with a max of 97.9% at 2:41 p.m. So, you should certainly have plenty of views of the sun during that nearly 3-hour window, even if there are some fair-weather clouds drifting in and out.
Of course, don't forget your eclipse glasses and remember to protect yourself from the heat. It will be in the low 90s with dew points in the 70s. It will likely feel like the mid to upper 90s so wear the sunscreen and stay hydrated. (Yes, you'll still need the sunscreen!)
If you do plan to travel, prepare for massive travel delays and back-ups, especially on Monday. Emergency officials are recommending an emergency kit for travelers including food and water, a gas can, and cell phone chargers. Might I also recommend a roll of toilet paper?
We want this to be a positive experience for everyone, so please remember, safety first. I also suggest putting your phones away, leave the photos to the professionals (there will be LOTS), and just enjoy the show!
- Meteorologist Al Conklin