FORECAST: Soaking rain, flash flood threat & much cooler outlook

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A soggy midweek with soaking rain and cooler temperatures. Much cooler and drier conditions later this week.

WCNC Staff, Brad Panovich, Chris Mulcahy, Brittany Van Voorhees (WCNC), KJ Jacobs, Larry Sprinkle

12:41 PM EST March 6, 2019

6:11 PM EDT September 20, 2021

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rain is headed our way! 

Mostly cloudy with isolated rain tonight, but the coverage of showers is on track to become widespread during the early morning hours Tuesday. Expect pockets of steady to even heavy rain at times. Be on alert for poor driving conditions such as low visibility, ponding and traffic delays. 

The extra cloudiness and rain will make for reduced heating of the day. Temperatures will only top out in the mid 70, which is below average for seasonal daytime highs. The outlook is cooler and drier for the end of the week and even into the weekend. 

Flash Flood Threat:

Additional showers will continue on Wednesday with an increasing risk of flash flooding especially for the mountains. The timing of the front late Wednesday into Thursday will produce heavy rainfall. 1-3 inches of rain is possible for most of the area with 2-4 inches of rain could impact the mountains. On one hand, the piedmont is in need of measurable rainfall due to the current deficit. However, the flash flood threat is elevated for the foothills and mountains for Tuesday. 

Thursday and Friday:

The cold front’s timing is fitting for the first day of fall. Expect a significant change in the airmass with much cooler and drier air. The mornings will be crisp and cool by Friday and afternoon temperatures near 75. 

The Tropics:

Two tropical storms are currently in the Atlantic along with another tropical wave off the coast of Africa. Neither Tropical Storm Peter or Rose should have any effect on our weather. Peter is currently north of the Leeward Islands and will pass north of that area this week.  Tropical Storm Rose is around 700 miles from the Cape Verde Islands and will eventually turn north and begin to weaken.

Elsewhere, a tropical wave is just off on the coast of Africa with an increasing chance of forming. More details here.

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