CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Heavy rain is moving across the area, with the chance of a few strong thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
A low pressure system, lifting northeast out of the Gulf of Mexico, is spreading rain into the area.
Through the afternoon, we expect an area along I-85 and points south should warm into the 60s. North of this area, temperatures will likely stay in the 50s.
"A lot of heavy rain out there for this morning," NBC Charlotte forecaster Larry Sprinkle said. "Expect more heavy showers between 9 a.m. and noon."
A reported 1.26 inches of rain has fallen at the Charlotte Douglas Airport since early this morning.
Heavy rain during the morning and early afternoon could cause some minor flood problems.
Strong thunderstorms could threaten the eastern half of the NBC Charlotte viewing area later this afternoon today.
The heavy rainfall is part of a strong low pressure system that moved across Tennessee and into North Carolina this morning.
This temperature difference will create a good focal point for thunderstorm development. We'll have to see exactly where it sets up, but any thunderstorms that develop may produce severe weather.
"As we get toward the later part of the afternoon, we could see pop-up thunderstorms just south of Interstate 85," Sprinkle said. "That's where the severe weather potential is a lot heavier then in the Charlotte region."
Temperatures are in the upper 40s for this morning in Charlotte. But the region will see temps slowly climb into the lower and mid 60s later this afternoon in areas where the warm front passes.
The main severe weather threat for the Charlotte area will be damaging winds. There will be a smaller threat for tornadoes. The best timing for severe storms will be from Monday afternoon into Monday evening.
We will get a break from rain and storms Monday night and Tuesday.
As the upper level trough driving Monday's storm system finally swings through our area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, we will see another opportunity for scattered showers.
The second half of the week looks dry, with more sunshine and climbing temperatures.