Showers Return; Soggy Saturday?
Good afternoon folks! I hope everyone was able to enjoy the gorgeous weather this past weekend, as well as today, because moisture is already marching east across the Carolinas as we speak. We'll start the day Wednesday with a noticeable change in moisture levels as the airmass returns to what we like to call "slight muggy" conditions, becoming full on "muggy" by the weekend. This will of course bring back back showers to the region, scattered on Wednesday and closer to region-wide Thursday through Saturday. We are not forecasting a washout by any means, only that each afternoon starting Thursday will be active with showers and thunderstorms, similar to what we find during the summer months. Saturday is showing signs of being the wettest day of the week and perhaps the coolest as cloudy skies with near widespread shower coverage develops across the Carolinas.
Wednesday will be a warm day but seasonal as temps push to the low 80's across the valleys, under a mix of sun and high passing clouds of out the east. Scattered showers develop after 2pm and fizzle out during the evening hours, with a slight chance for a light shower or two overnight, mainly along the escarpment. Overnight lows settle into the upper 50's - low 60's due to increasing moisture levels.
Thursday and Friday both offer up scattered thunderstorms each afternoon, with a partly cloudy - mostly sunny start each morning, allowing temps to once again reach the low 80's across valleys; ridgelines warm to the low 70's. Overnight lows increase by a degree or two compared to Wednesday night, settling into the upper 50's - mid 60's depending upon elevation.
Saturday looks cloudy and wet with region-wide showers playing out most of the day, helping to cap temps to the upper 60's - upper 70's depending upon elevation. Shower coverage should scale back some on Sunday and the models are hinting at a slight cool down early next week after a front crosses the region; fingers crossed.
We'll stop here and circle back on Thursday with a better look at Saturday and early next week.