Charlotte at high risk for severe weather Friday

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte area will be bracing for another round potentially severe weather Friday as a large storm system moves into the Carolinas. 

First Warn forecaster Larry Sprinkle said the storms could bring damaging straight-line winds, hail, flash flooding and maybe even some isolated tornadoes to the area. The National Weather Service has the Charlotte area at a high risk for severe weather potential for Friday. 

Sprinkle said the large system stretches all the way from the Midwest down to southern Texas and severe weather is possible in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi Thursday. If you’re traveling for Easter, you’ll need to be weather aware because the storms could have a major impact on your plans. 

Chief meteorologist Brad Panovich said the biggest threat for Charlotte will likely be damaging winds with this storm system but the timing could create different issues. Sprinkle said warm and unstable air over Charlotte combined with the storms arriving later than first expected could ramp up the intensity. 

“Around 1 p.m., those storms are tracking right into the Charlotte area and our region,” Sprinkle said. “Around 3 o’clock, there will be a line of storms stretching from I-77 at the Virginia all the way down into South Carolina.”

STAY WEATHER AWARE: Download the NBC Charlotte mobile app for the latest severe weather alerts and warnings. 

Sprinkle said some areas south and east of Charlotte could see up to 2 inches of rain, while nearly every area will receive at least a half-inch from the storms. The storms will move out of the Charlotte area Friday night with some leftover sprinkles early Saturday morning. 

Saturday will be cooler in the 60s while Easter Sunday will be a beautiful sunny day with afternoon highs in the mid-70s. 


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