Looking ahead to First Alert Friday: Gusty winds, heavy downpours, hail

Looking ahead to First Alert Friday: Gusty winds, heavy downpours, hail

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - High pressure has drifted off the Carolina coast but is still holding a grip on our weather pattern for one last day. There will be a few more clouds mixing in, but today will be just as warm as yesterday; getting close to 80° again this afternoon.

Rain chances remain low today, though a shower may blow in from the south in western sections late this afternoon.

After a warm evening, an increasing shower risk arrives overnight with lows only falling back into the mild 60s.

Friday is a First Alert Day, as we track a strong cold front moving through the region. There are consistent signals that some of Friday’s storms could be on the strong side, something we’ve been monitoring.

At this point, the greatest threats across the WBTV viewing area appears to be damaging wind gusts and heavy downpours, though hail and even an isolated tornado or two are possible. The timeframe we’re monitoring for potential severe weather Friday would be from late morning (west) to late afternoon (east). With more clouds and rain in the forecast, Friday will bring highs in the 70s.

Looking ahead to the weekend, there could be a parting shower around on Saturday along with a noticeable breeze. Saturday will be cool with highs in the middle 60s but we’ll warm to the lower 70s on Easter when more sunshine is expected.

Enjoy the sunshine and have a great Thursday!

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

First Alert Forecast: Thursday, April 18 @12pm

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