Tracking Nicole: Tornado watches issued due to strong winds, heavy rain

Nicole will affect the Carolinas Friday: Rainfall of 1″ to 4″+ is possible, with winds gusts up to 40 mph.
Rainfall of 1″ to 4″+ is possible, with winds gusts up to 40 miles per hour.
Published: Nov. 10, 2022 at 7:19 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - First Alert Weather Day is in effect for Friday, due to heavy rain and gusty winds for the Carolinas.

A Tornado Watch has been issued for Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties in N.C. until 3 p.m. and in Chesterfield and Lancaster counties, S.C. until 9 p.m.

A Flood Warning is in effect for western Watauga County until 4 p.m.

An Areal Flood Warning has been issued for Ashe and Watauga counties until 4 a.m. on Saturday. Between three and eight inches of rain have fallen in the area since Friday morning.

Pockets of heavy rain will continue to circulate around the remnants of Nicole today, with gusty winds around 25 to 35 miles per hour likely.

  • First Alert Weather Day: Rain, wind, tornado risk
  • Gradually turns colder over the weekend
  • Next First Alert Weather: Tuesday

The highest chance for flash flooding will be in the mountains, but urban flooding is possible in the piedmont as well.

Make sure you have the WBTV First Alert weather app on your mobile device, so you can be alerted of any severe weather alerts and stay tuned to updates on-air and online throughout the event.

Rain will quickly diminish this evening as Nicole moves out of the Carolinas and a cold front approaches from the west. The cold front could set off a few spotty showers on Saturday, mainly over the mountains as cooler air moves in.

Saturday afternoon high temperatures will be near 70 degrees for the piedmont, but chilly 40s are forecast for the mountains. Sunday will be colder for all of us, with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the 50s for the Piedmont and upper 30s in the mountains.

Colder air lingers over the Carolinas throughout next week, with another FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY for next Tuesday. Rain is possible on Tuesday, with perhaps a little wintry precipitation possible in the N.C. mountains.

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- Chief Meteorologist Al Conklin