A potent upper level disturbance, coupled with strong upper level wind shear and a moderately unstable atmosphere brings the chance of severe weather to the Carolinas this afternoon and through the early morning hours Monday.
Meteorologists across the area have been discussing this system for the past few days, and today is the day when the system arrives. The front will move across the Carolinas, starting in the mountains during the early afternoon hours, reaching the Charlotte and I-77 corridor between 4-6 p.m., and sweeping eastward towards Raleigh and Fayetteville between 9-11 p.m.
The Storm Prediction Center places an enhanced risk of severe weather squarely over the foothills and western piedmont of NC.
Across the Catawba Valley, Charlotte Metro, and Winston-Salem/Greensboro Metro, there is sufficient upper level support and wind energy to place this area under an ENHANCED risk of severe weather. The greatest concern in the ENHANCED risk area is for damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.
Elsewhere, the rest of the piedmont and coastal areas are under a SLIGHT risk of severe weather. This means that there is a chance of damaging winds and an isolated tornadoes.
Below is the tornado, damaging winds, and large hail outlooks from the Storm Prediction Center.
DAMAGING WIND OUTLOOK
LARGE HAIL RISK MAP
Today is a weather alert day due to the nature of these systems. Be sure to be prepared when the front moves into your area. Monitor rapidly changing weather situations and stay informed.