Good Tuesday morning! It's been a gloomy Tuesday, and in many spots (especially western sections) it's been a soggy start to the day! We've been tracking rain and some thunderstorms as they've been shifting southward through the morning. While very early the main action was in parts of Alabama, we've seen quite a bit blossom on the radar in the past two hours.
As of this writing (about 9:45 AM), most of the western half of the Upstate is seeing at least light to moderate rain. There are a few downpours, along with some thunder and lightning, into northern Greenville and Spartanburg counties - while our eastern spots (Cherokee, Union counties) have been dry. In WNC the same is true - western spots are dealing with rain... and there are some thunderstorms bringing pouring rain to parts of Henderson County. Further east into Rutherford County things have been dry.
Most of the action through the remainder of the morning will be focused in our western locations - from a line from Greenville to Asheville and points westward. By this afternoon, we'll see some eastward progression to the action. It's important to note that far eastern and southern spots (those who have been dry and brighter this morning) could see some strong storms this afternoon thanks to more heating.
The SPC had placed a good chunk of our area within the Slight Risk area for today (see here) - but have since amended the region to only include areas further south and east. That makes sense, as these areas will have seen more sunshine earlier today and thus hold the better chance of strong storms. Damaging wind and hail will be the main threat within severe storms.
Locally, we'll have to be most aware of the threat for heavy rainfall. Any areas that see slow-moving storms or a round of several storms could be susceptible to water problems, as quick rainfall accumulations of 2+ inches in an hour are possible.
We'll keep you posted on any watches or warnings through the day. Tomorrow and the rest of the week will be drier (each day will only offer up typical PM storm chances) and warmer. Highs return to normal tomorrow and by Thursday and Friday we'll be above that mark.