Could rain dampen July 4 fireworks in the Charlotte region on Tuesday night?
As of Monday night, the possibility stood at a less than even chance.
Government forecasters, however, do not expect the type of slow-moving thunderstorms and showers that stuck around in the Charlotte area Monday night and produced flash flooding along Briar Creek.
A flash flooding warning remained until 10:15 p.m. for central Mecklenburg County and until midnight for northeastern Cabarrus County and southeastern Rowan County.
At 10:04 p.m., Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain had fallen over the last 2 hours with an additional inch possible over the next hour, according to the National Weather Service. High Rock Lake and Gold Hill were likely to see flash flooding, the Weather Service said
Earlier, areas in Mecklenburg County expecting flooding included The Plaza, Hidden Valley, east Charlotte, central Charlotte and northeast Charlotte, according to the National Weather Service.
Spotted and isolated thunderstorms are more likely on Tuesday night, Lauren Carroll, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Greer, S.C., said at 8:15 p.m. Monday.
She said the latest weather models are not calling for the continually redeveloping lines of showers and thunderstorms that hit the region Monday night. Thunderstorms were moving at only 5 mph, she said.
“We can’t rule it out entirely,” she said, but weather models were not signaling that would happen again Tuesday night.
On Monday night, the chance of showers and thunderstorms for Tuesday morning and afternoon at Charlotte’s airport stood at 40 percent. Partly sunny skies and a high near 91 are expected, according to the latest NWS forecast.
Less than a tenth of an inch of rain could fall, with possibly higher amounts in thunderstorms.
Tuesday night also has a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The night is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are forecast, with possibly higher amounts in thunderstorms.