Good Saturday afternoon to everyone…we have been talking a lot recently about a major pattern change to the region. In order to get there a strong cold front will pass through the region during the first half of the upcoming week and will bring the best chance of rain to the Carolinas that we have seen in a while.
Parts of the Carolinas are actually very dry here at the first of December, drought is growing in areas immediately east of the Foothills Weather Network coverage area…the latest drought monitor that was released on Thursday shows moderate drought conditions along and east of I-77 from the Charlotte Metro area through a good part of the Central Carolinas.
Technically a small portion of Eastern Catawba and Lincoln Counties have been placed in the first stage of drought which is designated as “abnormally dry”. The recent weather pattern locally has been stagnant with widespread rainfall being sparse.
That will change on Tuesday as a strong cold front will march across the Southeast. A couple weak areas of lower pressure will ripple along that front on Tuesday and Wednesday helping enhance rain chances across the Southeast. For us locally clouds will be on the increase during the day on Tuesday and by Tuesday evening showers will begin to move in from the west. Tuesday night at the first half of Wednesday looks to be soggy at this time.
This front looks to be capable of putting down decent rainfall totals, the latest Weather Prediction Center forecast is for a solid 1- 1 ½ inches of rain possible for everyone in our coverage area and more importantly those east of here through next Thursday morning.
Following this frontal passage will be some of the coldest air of the season and looks to have staying power. Looking at this upcoming pattern through the first two week of the month, it could lead to additional rain chances…