First Alert: Severe weather to bring storms, hail and damaging winds

First Alert: Severe weather to bring storms, hail and damaging winds

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Today is a First Alert Day. As we’ve been forecasting all week, this is the day when a strong cold front will cross our region. There are consistent signals that some of today’s storms will be severe.

The National Weather Service has upgraded Charlotte and all counties along and east of I-77 into a MODERATE risk zone for severe weather this afternoon.

That means severe thunderstorms are likely, with large hail and damaging wind and even a few tornadoes. This does not mean that areas west of I-77 are off the hook. It just means the greatest chance is in eastern sections that will likely become more unstable than back to the west.

A tornado watch is likely to going to be posted for much of the WBTV area later this morning. Now is the time to go over your severe weather plan. Where will you and your family go to stay safe if severe weather threatens your neighborhood?

If you have not already done so, please consider downloading the WBTV Weather app on to your mobile device. It features interactive radar, real-time lightning data and a breakdown of all watches, warnings and advisories. It’s a great tool to have at your fingertips if you’re away from the TV.

First Alert Forecast: Friday, April 19 @12pm

The timeframe we’re monitoring for potential severe weather today would be from late morning (west) to late afternoon (east). With more clouds and rain in the forecast, today will bring highs in the 70s.

Looking ahead to the weekend, there could be a parting shower around on Saturday along with a chilly breeze. Saturday will be cool with highs in the 50s but we’ll warm to the lower 70s on Easter when more sunshine is expected.

I will keep you posted throughout the day on WBTV, Facebook / @AlConklinWBTV and Twitter @AlConklin

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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