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

FIRST ALERT: Heavy rain, large hail and damaging winds on tap for Friday
First Alert Friday: A line of severe thunderstorms to come together sometime during mid-morning in the western part of the state, overspreading east through the afternoon.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It’s another breezy and warm afternoon with sun and clouds and temps approaching 80° in many spots. We’ll stay quiet through the evening, with perhaps a stray shower breaking out in the mountains later on but that will be about it.

Severe weather across Louisiana & Mississippi is headed in our direction.

It will continue to overspread more clouds and spotty showers overnight into early Friday morning before the main event arrives. Yes, it’s another First Alert Friday.

We expect a line of severe thunderstorms to come together sometime during mid-morning in the western part of the state, overspreading east through the afternoon. As of right now, we expect the greatest threat window between about 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. when severe weather will be most likely.

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.

This will keep things cool with temps in the low 60s to start the weekend.

Easter Sunday brings improvement, although the clouds still may take some time to clear with highs around 70°.

First Alert Forecast: Thursday 11pm

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