The stormy weather that rocked the Charlotte region Sunday will be a common theme this week.
Forecasters say they expect showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis through Friday, and they say occasional flooding downpours and severe storm events are possible any day during that time.
The good news, especially for people planning to attend next weekend’s NASCAR races at Charlotte Motor Speedway or other Memorial Day weekend events -- drier conditions are predicted for the weekend.
The severe weather outbreak that battered parts of the Midwest on Sunday is expected to remain northwest of the Carolinas this week.
Locally, the biggest threats will come from heavy rain, plus a few incidents in which thunderstorm wind gusts could cause damage.
Courtney Spamer, a meteorologist with Pennsylvania-based Accu-Weather, said Monday’s storms will be slow-moving.
“This will allow heavy rain to fall over the same area for some time, potentially creating areas of localized flooding,” Spamer said. She said urban and poor drainage areas will be most at-risk for flooding.
Drenching downpours hit parts of the Charlotte area Sunday afternoon and evening, but the coverage was spotty.
Flood advisories were issued at times for parts of Mecklenburg and other counties, but no serious flooding was reported. The National Weather Service said rain gages recorded 3.09 inches on McAlpine Creek at Sardis Road in southeast Charlotte; and 3.05 inches not far from the center of Mint Hill. There also were reports of 2.72 inches at Providence High School and 2.58 inches near Butler High School in Matthews.
In contrast, less than 1/10 of an inch was recorded at a gage near Collinswood Language Academy in south Charlotte, and near Lake Wylie.
The showers and storms continued through the night, dumping an estimated 2-plus inches in Richmond County southeast of Charlotte.
By midday Monday, showers were redeveloping over parts of the area. Several clusters of showers, with a few thunderstorms, were moving slowly eastward. The largest area stretched from near Hickory southward to Kings Mountain.
“We actually expect the coverage of showers and storms will be a bit less today,” said John Tomko, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C. “But there will be more instability in the atmosphere, so any storms that form could be strong.”
Meteorologists say the storms will be slow-moving, as was the case Sunday.
And more of the same is on tap Tuesday through Friday.
“By the weekend, a cold front will sweep through the area and dry things out,” Tomko said.
Daily high temperatures this week will depend on sunshine. In areas where the sun breaks through clouds for several hours, afternoon highs could reach the middle 80s. That is most likely Tuesday and Wednesday. Humid conditions will limit morning lows to the middle 60s most of this week.
Behind the cold front for the upcoming weekend, low humidity, clear skies, and nice weather is predicted. Daily highs Saturday through Monday are expected to be near 80 degrees.
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