Phew - what a busy morning! A cold front was able to spark some shower and thunderstorm development, particularly across our western and southwestern counties. While the storms didn't look too bad around 4 AM, they quickly blossomed and brought some hail and gusty winds to parts of Greenville, Pickens, Oconee, Anderson, Hart and Elbert Counties through about 9 AM.
In addition to hail and strong winds, the storms also dropped some very heavy rainfall across the area. 2+ inches of rainfall came down near Toccoa, GA earlier this morning - and a Flash Flood Warning continues for Stephens County until 10:30 AM due to the rain. A Flood Advisory continues for Greenville County until 10 AM - as heavy rainfall has caused some flooding along the Reedy River in Cleveland Park. Of course, never drive over any flooded roadways, and keep kids (and yourself) away from high water areas.
Behind this front we'll be much more comfortable. I was actually able to step outside a few minutes ago, and it feels really nice outside. There's a drier 'feel' to the air and a light breeze is making it even better. We will keep lower humidity levels over the next few days as a drier air mass settles in.
While highs will be cooler than yesterday and below-normal for this time of year, we'll still have warm afternoons. Highs today will rise into the mid 80s in the Upstate and right around 80 degrees in Western North Carolina.
It'll be a quiet afternoon in the Upstate, as partly cloudy skies linger through the rest of the day. So yes, you will need your sunglasses this afternoon! In the Mountains, expect partly to mostly cloudy skies through the afternoon with a small chance of a late-day shower or storm in the higher elevations of SW NC. Most areas in the Mountains will stay dry, though.
Tomorrow and Saturday will be sunny and dry - with comfortable humidity and temps ranging from the upper 70s to low 80s. Sunday will be another dry and nice
The Upstate will see more sunshine and pleasant temps on Sunday... while WNC spots may pick up an isolated shower or t-storm on Father's Day. With that said, I think most areas in the Mountains will remain dry, so if you've got outdoor plans for dad, you should be fine.