11:45am Chris White-Chief Meteorologist
Good Sunday Morning. After a night of heavy rainfall across the area the sun is out with partly cloudy skies this morning. Most areas in upslope flow saw rainfall overnight. The most fell in McDowell County where Southerly flow led to the Catawba River near Pleasant Gardens cresting above 6 ft for the second time in a week. Radar estimates nearly 4 inches of rain fell around Batcave. Heavy rain also fell over the Linville Gorge causing the Linville River to crest at just over 2ft.
CoCoRaHs Rain Gauge Network ending 7am this morning.
Going forward this will likely be a recurring theme this week. Upslope flow will kick in again tonight producing localized rain events along the Eastern slopes. This activity will become more widespread ahead of Michael. Tuesday night into Wednesday the activity will be widespread and likely will extend well east of the Blue Ridge as SE flow strengthens.
By Wednesday Afternoon Michael will be nearing landfall somewhere between Mississippi and Florida. I have to point out this IS NOT Florence. The impacts will be different. A cold front will be sweeping South and the front will pick Michael up,and Michael will accelerate North and East. The trend is to keep the highest impacts from Columbia to Charlotte and Eastern NC and Eastern SC. However, torrential rainfall will impact our area Tuesday through Thursday likely leading to at least isolated flash flooding. This is something we will monitor and our first high impact weather briefing will come tonight.
The good news is Fall will finally arrive by late week. Temps will drop into the 40’s for overnight lows late week into next weekend and highs will only make it into the 70’s. Great news.
Full write up on Michael and our first High Impact Weather Briefing tonight.