Thunderstorms rolling in through the weekend, First Alert Day declared for Saturday

Thunderstorms rolling in through the weekend, First Alert Day declared for Saturday
  • Quiet End To Work Week
  • First Alert Day (Late) Saturday
  • Needed Rain Much of Next Week

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - On Friday's weather map, we're sandwiched between a low-pressure system trying to approach from the west, and another low-pressure area developing along a front stalled to our east bringing showers and storms to the beaches Friday morning. Most of the showers and storms should hug our far western and far eastern counties on Friday, leaving a large chunk of the mid-Carolinas dry for another day.  Afternoon readings will run up into the upper 80s but the humidity level will still be tolerable considering the time of year.

The weekend will be a different story. This area of low-pressure will sliding south from the Great Lakes to the Ohio Valley Saturday will push a late-day disturbance our way, and with afternoon readings in the upper 80s and plenty of humidity to join in.

A First Alert Day has been declared for Saturday a round of strong thunderstorms expected to cross from west to east. The main threat appears to be damaging wind, but hail and heavy downpours could accompany any storms that develop Saturday.

Then, a wetter pattern will set in that will take us through most, if not all, of next week, including Sunday. A large Bermuda High will set up and push warm, muggy air back into the Carolinas, resulting in a continuation of humid conditions and higher chances for showers and storms for several days in a row.

Most of us are in need of rain, so, on the surface, this is good news.  But if the pattern unfolds as we think it will, there would likely be several episodes of heavy rain through the middle of next week and so concerns over flooding could be raised.

Hope you have a great Friday and weekend!

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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