CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A cold front is bringing a line of thunderstorms and a chance of severe weather to the Carolinas Monday afternoon.
The line of strong storms crossed Tennessee, Alabama and the Florida panhandle early Monday morning and continued to move east, towards Georgia and the Carolinas.
"Heavy, heavy rain. In southern Alabama they've had anywhere from about three to eight inches of rainfall," Forecaster Larry Sprinkle says. "And that same weather system is tracking in our direction."
The line of storms is expected to reach Charlotte around 5 p.m. and will have an impact on Monday's drive home. The fast-moving system is expected to clear by the evening hours and will be well east of Charlotte by 8 p.m.
According to Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich, the biggest threat in Charlotte will be strong winds. Gusts up to 32 mph were registered in Charlotte well ahead of the line.
Light rain showers began in the mountains and foothills of the Carolinas. The storms reached all the way down into the upstate of South Carolina, where severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for several counties at around 3 p.m.
Panovich says there could be some high wind advisories in the mountains and foothills, as well as an isolated chance of severe weather closer to Charlotte. With winds being the biggest threat, there's a possibility that a power line or tree gets taken down during Monday's storms.
Once the storms pass through, you'll feel it immediately, Panovich said. With the cold front surging through, high temperatures Tuesday are expected to only reach the 70s, and Charlotte will see temperatures in the 60s by Friday.