CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As spring takes hold with afternoon highs approaching 80 degrees Tuesday, the Carolinas will need to brace for the potential of severe weather.
A cold front is bringing a line of storms from central Tennessee into western North Carolina and the upstate region of South Carolina by the evening Tuesday. Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich says the storms could hit anytime between 5 and 11 p.m.
The greatest chance of a severe storm is likely south of I-85, particularly around Rock Hill and Chester in South Carolina.
“I think a lot of the storms are going to be really scattered,” said Panovich. “Not everybody is going to see rain with this setup.”
As the storms make their way into our area, a few have the chance to be severe, bringing strong winds and heavy rain. Because the storms are so scattered, rainfall totals aren’t expected to be much more than about a one-third of an inch, said meteorologist Larry Sprinkle.
“Low threat for severe storms, especially to the south. But the storms that do get going, watch out,” Panovich said.