FIRST ALERT: Heavy rain, large hail and damaging winds on tap for Friday

WBTV Friday morning First Alert forecast

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Severe weather moving across Louisiana and Mississippi is headed in our direction and will bring heavy rain, large hail, and damaging winds to the WBTV viewing area Friday.

A line of severe thunderstorms will materialize during mid-morning in the western part of the state, overspreading east through the afternoon. WBTV Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases expects “the greatest threat window between about 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. when severe weather will be most likely.”

Meteorologist Al Conklin called for the First Alert Friday after closely monitoring the line of storms on the WBTV futurecast.

“Potential for heavy downpours, hail & damaging wind gusts - maybe even a tornado two,” tweeted Conklin.

All signs point to this line of storms rolling through the Charlotte area between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. then exiting to the east as we approach dinner time.

During this time, heavy rain, frequent lightning, large hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado are all possible.

While the main line of storms will be gone by Friday evening, stubborn clouds and showers will stick around into Saturday as the upper-level Low will be slow to exit.

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