Good morning, and happy Friday! It will be a stormier end to the week - but the good news is that we've got an absolutely fabulous weekend heading our way! We'll start with the storm details:
A cold front will push through the region today, guiding rain and storms through the western Carolinas and NE GA. Storms today will be more widespread than yesterday, so there's a better chance that you'll see some measurable rainfall in your backyard.
The storm threat will be with us from late morning (around 11 AM) through the late-afternoon (about 5 PM). By 6 or 7 PM, the storms should be shifting east of our area - so things will actually be calming down by the evening. Our western spots will see the storm chance earlier during that time-frame (late-morning/early-afternoon)... while our eastern counties will have to be on guard through the mid/late-afternoon.
We are in the SPC's Slight Risk area today (see the Convective Outlook here), but the better chance of severe weather will be east of us. With that said, a few strong or severe storms are likely in our region, especially in our eastern counties. Damaging wind will be the main threat - as the storms will likely take on a linear structure ahead of the front. Hail is also a possibility, and an isolated tornado can't be ruled out. However, the higher tornado risk will fall well northeast of our area, up into parts of Maryland and Virginia.
Highs will reach the low/mid 80s in the Upstate today, while the Mountains will see temps climb into the mid 70s. It will stay muggier today, but behind the front humidity will drop - so the weekend will be VERY comfortable. Saturday and Sunday will also bring more sunshine and dry time, as well as pleasant, near-seasonal temps.
We'll be here through the day to keep you posted on any watches or warnings. Have a great day, and an awesome weekend!