Weather forecast: Charlotte area at risk for more rain and storms

Another round of thunderstorms could reach the Charlotte area early Thursday.

“Some of these storms will be severe, with damaging winds and possible isolated tornadoes,” meteorologists from the NWS Greer, South Carolina office warned in a hazardous weather report.

Thunderstorms could arrive in Charlotte between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., the NWS posted on Twitter on Wednesday.

Charlotte could be spared the worst of the storms, however, NWS meteorologists said.

“The greatest threat will be along and west of the Interstate 26 corridor” in South Carolina, according to the bulletin.

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This image from a US Geological Survey webcam shows McMullen Creek at a normal level at Addison Drive in Charlotte, North Carolina, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. A day earlier, heavy rain forced the creek to spill On Pavement. United States Geological Survey

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This image from a US Geological Survey webcam shows water from McMullen Creek flowing down Addison Drive in southern Charlotte, North Carolina, as heavy rains pass through the area on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. A another round of severe weather could pass through the region on Wednesday. . United States Geological Survey

On Tuesday, mid-afternoon tornado warnings were issued for parts of York and Chester counties in South Carolina, but both expired without any confirmed tornadoes.

Since Monday, the NWS has issued severe weather alerts for Mecklenburg and surrounding counties for Tuesday, as well as for northern South Carolina and the foothills and mountains of North Carolina. But NWS meteorologist Justin Lane predicted the strongest storms would remain in South Carolina, which they did at 5:30 p.m.

Air travel was affected by approaching thunderstorms on Tuesday. At Charlotte Douglas International Airport, 306 flights were delayed – 156 departing – as of 5:30 p.m., according to tracking site FlightAware.

Forecast Charlotte

Wednesday afternoon is expected to be mostly sunny with highs of 79, before showers and thunderstorms have a 60% chance of returning before sunrise Thursday, according to the NWS.

Showers and thunderstorms have a 30% chance of returning before 2 p.m. Thursday, when the high could reach 72, according to forecasts.

Friday through Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny but cooler, with highs of 62, 57 and 65 respectively, NWS meteorologists said. Monday and Tuesday are expected to warm up, to 76 and 77, forecast.

This story was originally published April 5, 2022 8:30 a.m.

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Joe Marusak has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1989, covering locals, towns and major news events in the area, and served as editor of the newspaper’s press office. He is currently reporting on the latest news.

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