Strong thunderstorms possible tonight
As we move into the evening hours on this Saturday. Rain chances will increase with the possibility of strong storms in the overnight hours for Sunday. I wanted to take a few moments to give you some details on the factors that could bring some strong thunderstorms to the county after midnight.
Rain will move into the county as we move through the evening hours tonight. A line of storms will begin to move into the county between midnight and 2am in the early morning hours of Sunday. As these storms move in there are a few factors that I will continue to monitor that will likely bring damaging winds into the county.
The Significant Tornado Parameters could be a little elevated as the line of storms moves through the county and the area. I will certainly monitor the line to watch for any portions of the line that could begin to bow out. I am not expecting any tornado activity based on current model data but certainly can't rule out a quick spin up should a portion of the line of storms bow out in front just a little.
CAPE levels will be a little elevated. Think of CAPE as thunderstorm fuel. This will basically give any storms some strength to get higher in the air and allow for thunder and lightning as well as the potential for some upper level wind gust to get pushed down to the surface. This is why I am leaning toward damaging winds being the biggest threat for the county as the line of storms moves through the county.
We could see wind gust in excess of 40-50 miles per hour as the line of storms begins to move into and through the county. These gust could cause trees to come down and create power outages as these storms move through. Damaging winds are really the only concern I have with these storms when they move through during the overnight hours this evening.
Rainfall accumulation could be around a half an inch or more around the county after the rain and storms clears the area and the county. I will continue to monitor these storms as they move closer to and through the county and provide any watches, warnings and updates right here and on all of my social media outlets. As always thank you for following Rowan County Weather!