Good Thursday everyone!
Rain is a good thing! We've been discussing the past arctic blast, but one thing we have lost focus on is the drought conditions. The latest drought monitor was released earlier this morning, and it starting to get concerning for our area.
Abnormally dry conditions has developed throughout Western North Carolina including our foothill and Western Piedmont communities. Portions of Eastern Catawba, and Eastern Lincoln Counties are in moderate drought conditions.
Thankfully we have some rain on the way. This morning folks in McDowell, Burke, Caldwell, and Rutherford Counties woke up to some rain showers. Folks in our coverage area, hold on because you to will see rain soon.
A strong flow out of the South and east is developing ahead of another strong arctic cold front.
This is allowing for some upslope flow in the foothills. Upslope flow means that air is being forced up and creates additional lift that is needed to produce precipitation. So with the foothills being at the foot of the Appalachians that has created the rainy morning. Rain showers should continue through the rest of the day and slow spread into the Western Piedmont as we see this strong arctic front move closer to the area.
As we head into Friday, rain will pick up in intensity and spread a generous amount over the forecast area. Rainfall accumulations will be on the 1-2" range. I think much of the foothills approach that 2" range by the time the storm winds down. Other areas will see a good dose of rain as well. Here is what the National Weather Service in Greer, SC is thinking.
Thunderstorms are also a possibility as the front moves through the area on Friday. As of 11:00 AM Thursday morning the thunderstorm threat remains very low as we look to be wedged in for a bit on Friday, but something we will watch.
Once the storm system moves out the area, we could see some wrap around snow showers in the North Carolina Mountains late Friday night into Saturday.
Cold arctic air returns next week! Not as cold as we were last week, but still well below normal temperatures can be expected.
Have a great day!