Zeta’s strong winds slowly diminish; isolated storms may continue through Thursday evening

Jonathan Stacey's Thursday afternoon forecast

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Near 60 mph wind gusts and bands of rain ripped through the western Carolinas as Tropical Storm Zeta split the spine of the Appalachian Mountains this morning.

High wind and showers will gradually diminish through the afternoon as Zeta’s remnants race north into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic.

While warmer temperatures - upper 70s to mid-80s - and brighter skies will attempt to settle in over the next few hours, there’s still a risk for a few isolated to widely scattered storms around sunset. If these storms do indeed develop, they’d likely remain south of I-85 and could produce weak short-lived tornadoes and robust downpours.

Jonathan Stacey's Thursday afternoon forecast
Jonathan Stacey's Thursday afternoon forecast (Source: WBTV)

Any lingering disruptions won’t last long as a cold front is set to drive through the area tonight ushering in clear skies and cooler temperatures.

Highs will be in the upper 60s Friday and lower 60s both Saturday and Sunday with lows falling to the 30s in the higher elevations and 40s elsewhere. Halloween evening will be dry and cool with temperatures in the 50s. Remember to set your clocks back an hour before bed Saturday night as you’ll gain an extra hour of sleep with the ending of Daylight Saving Time Sunday morning.

A second frontal passage Sunday will provide us with a more potent blast of cold air next week. In fact,  high temperatures will only reach into the 50s Monday afternoon before plunging into the 20s and 30s overnight giving us our first freeze of the season.

First Alert Meteorologist Jonathan Stacey

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