Beneficial rains for the Lowcountry

But watch for a strong storm or two

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to say this, but we’ve gotten some beneficial rains overnight from a storm that wasn’t tropical in nature. (Hooray!) In fact, yesterday’s 1.44" of rain was enough for a new daily record at Charleston International Airport.

Rain continues this morning; we’ve already gotten another 1.72" since midnight (through 6am) and it is conceivable that the record of 1.86" set in 1972 is in jeopardy. Expect hazardous conditions for the morning commute as rain showers, with some embedded heavier downpours, continue at times.

Expect temperatures in the upper 50s to around 60 this morning.

Severe weather risk this afternoon

Later this morning, a warm front will lift north of the area. This should send temperatures briefly into the low to mid-70s ahead of a cold front which will move through around mid-afternoon based on current projections. A line of thunderstorms is expected with this cold front, and there is a brief window of opportunity for these storms to produce some severe weather over the Lowcountry. Damaging straight-line winds will be the primary concern, but there is a small chance of a tornado as well. Stay weather-aware this afternoon and be ready to act in case a warning is issued.

Drying out this evening

We’ll dry out rather nicely this evening as temperatures look to fall back to the 50s for tonight into tomorrow.

Big chill coming

Another cold front will come through Thursday. This one won’t have the moisture tap our front today has, and so should come through reasonably dry.

This front is going to usher in some big-time cold for Friday and Saturday with highs in the 40s expected for both days. A hard freeze with temperatures in the 20s looks likely overnight Friday into Saturday morning. Fortunately, the cold high pressure system won’t settle in for too long, and temperatures will rebound into the 60s for Sunday and the 70s for Monday.