Tornado warnings, watches clear for WBTV viewing area

WBTV Thursday evening weather forecast: 6pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Tornado watches and warnings cleared for the WBTV viewing area Thursday night.

A Tornado Watch was last in effect for Anson and Stanly counties until 9 p.m.

The WBTV viewing area saw severe weather Thursday afternoon, from flooding to severe thunderstorms and Tornado warnings.

Charlotte Metro and into the Upstate were areas impacted, including Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Lincoln, Gaston, Cleveland, York, Chester, Union (N.C. & S.C.), and Lancaster counties.

A Tornado Warning expired for Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Union counties.


TORNADO WARNING: A Tornado Warning has been issued for our area. WBTV has the most important information to keep you safe.

Posted by WBTV News on Thursday, March 18, 2021

The severe weather prompted North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to issue a State of Emergency.

Severe weather in Pineville
Severe weather in Pineville (Source: Mallory Starnes)

Strong to severe thunderstorms remained possible through this evening, with scattered rain possible into early Friday, as a cold front moves through the region.

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Cooler temperatures developed overnight, with Friday morning low temperatures in the upper 40s around Charlotte to upper 30s around Boone. Friday will feature a few rain showers early, with mostly cloudy skies and cool conditions into the afternoon. Friday afternoon high temperatures are expected to only reach the mid-50s around Charlotte, with mid-40s in the mountains.

The First Alert has been extended into Friday morning as bands of showers and thunderstorms continue to trek across the WBTV viewing area.

While a couple rumbles of thunder can’t be ruled out in any neighborhood, the focal point of this afternoon’s scattered thunderstorms will be over the eastern Piedmont and Sandhills.

There’s also remain a low-end threat for damaging wind gusts, hail, and isolated tornadoes in the aforementioned area.

The latest round of model runs suggest we’ll have to deal with a couple more waves of rain into Friday morning. So, early risers, expect damp conditions before the rain tappers off once and for all by mid-morning.

Friday night will feature partly to mostly cloudy skies, and overnight low temperatures cooling to around freezing by Saturday morning. The NC mountains will see Saturday morning low temperatures in the mid-20s.

The spring equinox is officially at 5:47 AM this Saturday, March 20th. Saturday will feature partly cloudy skies, with cool afternoon temperatures. Saturday afternoon high temperatures will range from the mid-50s around Charlotte, to upper 40s in the mountains.

Sunday will feature partly cloudy skies, with high temperatures back around 60 degrees.

The warming trend continue into next week, with mid to upper 60s for Monday and Tuesday, with lower 70s for Wednesday and Thursday. A few rain showers are possible for Wednesday and Thursday, yet there is still uncertainty with exact rainfall timing and coverage.

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- Meteorologist Jason Myers

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