Rain Chances Continue Today; More Localized Flash Flooding Possible

Good Monday and I hope all of you are having a great start to your week.  Lots of rain overnight.  Officially 2.03 at our office in McDowell County, 2.24 inches In Jonas Ridge, 4.69 in Lawndale, 3.39 inches in Granite Falls, 1.17 inches in Taylorsville, 3.08 inches in Collettsville, 4+ inches in Lake Lure (Radar Estimated), .32 inches in Conover, and .70 in Hickory.  Left over this morning is residual fog and low cloudiness. 

We may see some breaks in the clouds today for a sneak peak at the sun but by far I think the clouds win out.  Dewpoints remain very high, starting off around 70 degrees and even a few places in the low 70's. Temps are in the low 70's as well so humidity today is very high. Dewponts look to rise into the low and mid 70's today ahead of the short wave that is due this afternoon.

Forecast for today continues with the same old repeated weather.  We start off "dry" with no rain but by afternoon showers will start to develop in the mountains.  Those showers will expand in coverage and intensity.  Showers will commence in the mountains between 2 and 4pm and then should move into the foothills after 6pm.  A couple of enhancements to today and Tuesday's rainfall though too (as if it needed any help).  A warm front will move North and stall across the area.  At the same time a short wave will move from Memphis into Western NC by dinner time.  This short wave will enhance shower and thunderstorm activity.  Precipitable water values continue to be very high at nearly 2 inches.  There is ample sheer in the atmosphere today as well.  This means that showers and storms could cluster into lines or clusters and train over the same areas time and time again.  Today the mid levels will have more movement with them than they did yesterday.  However with a warm front in the area moving NW at times, upslope flow could allow a few cells to anchor in place again.  Localized flash flooding is possible again today especially in Southern Burke, Cleveland, McDowell, and Rutherford Counties that saw the heavy rains overnight last night. 

Timeline for the rain to arrive today should be between 5-7pm in the western foothills and move East from there.  Keep checking or subscribe to get updates as we go through the day

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Total Rainfall Through 0500 hours

Total Rainfall Through 0500 hours