Good morning! It's a TOUGH start to the week - I think a rainy Monday morning is the absolute worst time to tear yourself out from bed. Light to moderate rain is coming down across much of the area, and we're seeing light fog in many spots as well. That means you'll really want to sleep a little late, but unfortunately, your commute will take a few extra minutes so you'll need the time on the roads.
A front has moved into our area - and this front will stick around through mid-week, keeping rain chances high through lunchtime Wednesday. Today, tomorrow and early Wednesday the light to moderate rain will be fairly steady throughout the day in most spots - with heavy downpours possible at times. How much rain you see WILL depend on your location, however... let's break that info down (you can also see a QPF diagram at right):
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA: These areas will see the most consistent rainfall through the next 48 hours, and also the highest rainfall totals. Accumulations of 2-4 inches are likely, especially in SW counties. Those high totals could cause water rises on area rivers/streams, so the NWS has posted a Flood Watch for many SW NC counties through Wednesday morning (see box at right).
NORTHERN/WESTERN UPSTATE COUNTIES: Steadier rain will stick around parts of Oconee, Pickens, Greenville and Anderson Counties... as well as Franklin and Stephens Counties in GA. These counties will likely pick up 1-2 inches between now and early Wednesday.
SOUTHERN/EASTERN UPSTATE COUNTIES: These counties will see more dry time and also more peeks of sunshine. Showers will move through from time to time, but total rainfall accumulations between now and Wednesday morning will likely be less than an inch for most spots.
Temps will be very mild today (mid/upper 60s in the Upstate, low 60s in the Mountains)... and stay above-normal through mid-week. We'll return to seasonal levels by Thursday and Friday.
We'll finally dry out late Wednesday, but another system will bring a quick shot of rain Thursday afternoon/night. Most of us will see rain, but there may be the chance of some wintry precipitation in the Northern Mountains. We'll watch that threat as we get closer, but it won't be a widespread problem and won't affect the Upstate. Friday and the weekend will be dry, with temperatures staying above-normal.