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Solar eclipse views look a little clearer in Carolinas, forecasts say

Hundreds line up for last batch of solar eclipse glasses

Discovery Place is selling their last shipment of 1,000 pairs of eclipse glasses at noon on Thursday. Video by John D. Simmons/The Charlotte Observer
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Discovery Place is selling their last shipment of 1,000 pairs of eclipse glasses at noon on Thursday. Video by John D. Simmons/The Charlotte Observer

Odds of a clear sky for Monday’s solar eclipse over the western Carolinas have improved a bit.

A sky-cover forecast map updated Thursday by the National Weather Service’s Greer, S.C., office shows the chance of clouds in the parts of the western Carolinas that will be within the zone of total eclipse.

The office covers western North Carolina and northwestern South Carolina.

The chance of clouds ranges from 34 percent in Robbinsville to 47 percent in Anderson, S.C. Those are still substantial odds but better than the 50 to 60 percent chances reported Wednesday.

The weather forecast for Columbia, S.C., dead-center in the eclipse zone, calls for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday. That’s also a smaller chance than predicted Wednesday.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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