CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The front that brought all of last night’s rain and thunderstorms is now pushing east of the WBTV area and drier air is moving in behind it.
Parting showers this morning will give way to more and more sunshine and a quick-warm-up is in the forecast with afternoon readings likely to reach the low to middle 80s.
After a pleasantly mild evening, we’ll cool back to the middle 50s under mainly clear skies.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued for Chester County, SC through 5:15 a.m. Duke Energy reported more than 500 people without power due to fallen trees in Iredell County just north of Statesville.
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Tornado Warnings were in effect for Chester County, S.C. and Cabarrus, Cleveland, Stanly and Union counties, N.C. Thursday evening.
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The focal point for the heaviest downpours will be in the mountains and foothills. The afternoon will feature scattered showers that will transition to a steady and widespread rain after sunset.
A few isolated thunderstorms rolled through overnight as waves of moisture moved eastward into the Charlotte Metro and Piedmont. Gusty winds and lightning were the primary threats.
A few lingering showers may still be around Friday morning, but drier air is expected to filter in quickly.
So, expect a mostly rain-free morning commute.
In terms of temperatures, highs will soar to the upper 70s today before topping out the lower 80s Friday.
While Friday is dry, another cold front will influence our weather this weekend. We’ll be teased with a few scattered showers and thundershowers late Saturday before widespread rain and perhaps a few thunderstorms track across the region Sunday.
A First Alert has been issued for Sunday as the new week will begin on a wet note. Sunshine and drier weather returns Monday ahead chance for rain Tuesday.
Weekend temperatures will hang out in the mid 70s before more seasonable temperatures in the upper 60s return Monday and Tuesday.
- Meteorologist Jonathan Stacey