CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Storms stretching from the southern plains to Pennsylvania are tracking west and expected to reach the Carolinas late Monday.

The storm threat is expected to increase as the day continues on and our viewing area will see strong, possibly severe thunderstorms. Storms will be most prevalent from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday.

"A cold front will push into the region from the northwest Monday and slowly cross into the Charlotte metro tonight," Forecaster Larry Sprinkle says.

Strong to severe thunderstorms with quarter-size hail and brief, damaging winds will be possible during the late afternoon and evening hours, especially across the Piedmont of North Carolina.

Rainfall totals overnight Monday into Tuesday morning may add up to multiple inches, Forecaster Larry Sprinkle says. These periods of heavy rain can occur with any thunderstorm that develops, creating the chance of flash flooding in those areas.