CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The upper-level low which prompted several rounds of strong thunderstorms over the weekend is spinning around just to our west this morning and it will meander close by for at least the first half of the week.
That means we have a better chance for rain each of the next few days. Considering how dry it's been of late, the elevated rain risk comes as welcomed news - and most of you have said so on social media.
Surely, showers and thunderstorms will impact outdoor plans through the mid-week period, and may occasionally be disruptive, especially during commute times, but otherwise - barring severe weather - the rain is good news for area lawns and gardens!
Now, the rain is a little like candy: a little bit can go a long way. In other words, too much of a good thing can turn bad.
With the low in a position just west of Charlotte now, the area of most concentrated heavy rain - in the short term - is east of I-77 and over central and eastern North Carolina. With that in mind, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the Sandhills right through early Wednesday. In the WBTV viewing area that includes Anson, Stanly and Richmond Counties.
Because this is a fluid situation – no pun intended – that watch could be expanded to the Piedmont and Foothills over time if the heavy rain concentration moves westward with an expected wobble of the upper-level low.
As for severe thunderstorms, there will likely be a couple around through this evening, but widespread damaging wind and hail is unlikely. Again, more good news.
So, at this point, we are not going to declare a First Alert Day for today but may have to pull the trigger on one for Tuesday and/or Wednesday. Remember, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, so if it looks like flooding or more widespread severe weather will be more of a concern mid-week, we may have to shift gears.
Stay tuned to the forecast, as said, it is subject to change, as slight, subtle movements of the upper-level low could lead to big rains moving west and impact us through Wednesday before the pattern starts to settle down by Thursday.
We'll keep you posted, hope you have a great week!
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- Meteorologist Al Conklin