First Alert Weather Day: Severe storms possible this afternoon, evening

Heavy rain and damaging wind gusts are the primary threat.
A strong cold front will push toward the Charlotte area tonight with a couple of rounds of showers and thunderstorms.
Published: May. 16, 2023 at 4:57 AM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2023 at 7:17 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Today is a First Alert Weather Day. A strong cold front will push toward the Charlotte area tonight with a couple of rounds of showers and thunderstorms drifting in from the northwest. Some of the storms will likely be quite strong, if not severe.

  • Today: First Alert Weather Day, strong PM storms
  • Rest of Week: Drying trend kicks in, cooler
  • Weekend: Warmer 80s, small storm risk

The main threats appear to be damaging wind gusts, lightning, hail and even an isolated tornado or two. The first batch of storms, some of which could be severe, probably forms around the Piedmont during the late afternoon hours.

The main line, which may bring a more widespread severe weather risk, especially north of Interstate 40, will come after the sun goes down. It remains to be seen how strong these storms may be as the decaying line drifts toward Charlotte tonight.

In advance of the front, today will be the warmest day of the week with highs in the middle 80s before any rain comes to town.

As the front settles just south of us Wednesday, there may still be a stay shower that pops up. By late week, drier, cooler conditions with lowering humidity will filter in for Thursday and Friday. Highs Wednesday will be in the lower 80s before cooler 70s set up for the back end of the workweek.

The weekend probably brings seasonal highs in the lower 80s with a small thundershower risk.

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Stay aware of the weather today and tonight!

Chief Meteorologist Al Conklin