CHARLOTTE, NC — Severe thunderstorms, possibly spurring tornadoes and very large hail, could hit the Charlotte metro region as early as Monday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the chance for storms in the Charlotte/ Lake Norman area and the southern piedmont of the state is highest after midnight.
"Scattered thunderstorms are expected to develop tonight within an area of widespread rain showers," the weather service said in a hazardous weather outlook released Monday morning.
"Thunderstorm chances will increase southeast of the Interstate 85 corridor, especially after midnight, with cloud-to-ground lightning and gusty winds being the primary threats. The severe thunderstorm threat will be greatest during the early morning hours across the lower piedmont. Damaging winds, large hail, and an isolated tornado will be possible in this area," the forecast said.
The outlook includes Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, and Cabarrus counties.
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The chance of rain in the Charlotte metro region during the day Monday is 40 percent, jumping up to 80 percent Monday night. Showers and thunderstorms are expected mainly before 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to the weather service.
The chance of rain continues through Tuesday and into Wednesday. But, after that, this week should be mostly sunny. Temperatures this week won’t quite reach the spring-like highs we saw over the weekend, but they should be pleasant, nonetheless — although nighttime lows will get a little chilly.
Here’s your work-week weather forecast for the Charlotte metro region, from the National Weather Service:
Today (March 19)
A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 57. Southeast wind around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after midnight. Patchy fog between 9pm and 5am. Low around 50. Southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Tuesday (March 20)
Showers likely, mainly before 7am. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. North wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 38. North wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Wednesday (March 21)
Rain and snow showers likely before 9am, then a chance of rain showers. Cloudy, with a high near 46. Northwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Thursday (March 22)
Sunny, with a high near 53.
Mostly clear, with a low around 34.
Friday (March 23)
Sunny, with a high near 58.
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Saturday (March 24)
A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62.
A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
Sunday (March 25)
A 30 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.
Patch Editor Doug Gross contributed