CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Thunderstorms are still possible through the evening hours, widely scattered but still possible.
Any storm could produce gusty winds and even hail.
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for Burke, Catawba, Alexander and Caldwell County until 7:30 p.m.
Heavy rain and hail was reported in Morganton Saturday afternoon.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch, not a warning, was issued until Sunday at 2 a.m. for York, Chester, Lancaster, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Rutherford County.
From morning, afternoon, to evening, the weather will be changing throughout each time period of our First Alert Day.
We'll start with this morning. A dying thunderstorm complex that moved through TN overnight has mainly trended south through Georgia and South Carolina, but some of the rain shield worked its way through our western counties this morning.
Then comes the afternoon. Most of the afternoon hours will be dry, so you should be able to carve out plenty of time to hit the pool, the lake, or that outdoor BBQ, as it doesn't look like storms will start to fire until after 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. So enjoy the day, just make sure you're weather aware as we head into the evening. The sun we see during the afternoon will fuel the evening storms.
Then as we head into the evening, we enter the real "First Alert" part of the day. The Midwest upper-level low that has produced severe weather along its path over the last few days will finally swing some of that energy through our area.
As that energy moves into the unstable air (from so much afternoon sun) storms will start to fire up. Conditions are favorable for damaging winds and hail, and an isolated tornado. Again, the timing of this looks to be from about 4 p.m. to midnight.
Some of our area, including the Charlotte Metro, still remains under the "Slight Risk" section of the Storm Prediction Center outlook, which means scattered severe storms are possible. However, this area has been scaled back significantly from earlier this morning- a good sign. Just make sure if you do plan to spend time outdoors this afternoon that you have a way to get weather alerts once the storms start popping up.
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