March 18 2018

Rain returns to Charlotte after nearly one month dry spell — FORECAST

March 18 2018, 05:12 | Van Peters

Sunday: Clouds with some sun and a possible shower or storm in the afternoon.

Nate made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane early Sunday near Biloxi, Miss., and raced northward.

The center of Hurricane Nate was located by an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft and NOAA Doppler radar just offshore of the MS coast. The latest models are suggesting the steadiest and heaviest rain will be Monday afternoon and Monday night.

The first rain bands of Nate will be attached to the cold front and will arrive sometime Sunday morning.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy and warm. Since it is a weak cold front, temperatures will not cool down very much after it passes.

Tuesday: Cloudy, morning showers. The high will be 84.

By the time it reaches us, it will be just a fraction of its old strength with no significant wind or wave impacts expected in southern New England. Rain will taper off Tuesday morning as remnants from Nate move offshore.

Moisture will be increasing across the midlands of SC on Saturday as winds become southeasterly. High pressure will poke into South Jersey, enough to keep us from an all-night rain Sunday night. South southwest wind 5 to 9 miles per hour becoming west in the morning. The overnight low will be 71. High: 86. Wind: S/N 10 miles per hour.

Lows dip to the middle 60s. An upper level disturbance moves through the state by Tuesday afternoon, which could help to trigger a few isolated showers and storms to the area. Highs in the 80s have a good shot at staying in place all week long. The risk for higher rain amounts will extend all the way into Northern AL, possibly TN, and parts of GA.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and cool.

She said the tornado threat will be lower along the I-77 corridor, but added, "I'm certainly not willing to downplay the threat in those areas". The rain risk will be 20 percent.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny and mild. Low: 54. High: 78. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.

7-Day Forecast: An unstable weather pattern with stick with us for the next few days as temperatures will continue to remain in the low 80's.

This forecast was prepared by the WNCN weather team and is based on the latest information available and years of weather forecasting in North Carolina.

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