Prolonged Wet and Cloudy Pattern On the Way

Good Saturday evening to everyone. Our region has seen pretty nice weather over the past 1-2 weeks. However that is about to change in a big way over the next 24-48 hours.

In laymen’s terms prepare for a return to cloudy, damp and drab weather…

Water Vapor imagery tonight shows a return of moisture to the region as high pressure slides off the east coast. There’s a weakening upper low situated across the Mid-Mississippi River Valley. There is also a piece of energy in the Northern Plains diving southeast. These pieces are the catalyst to what’s coming here in the Carolinas.

The trailing piece of energy will eventually capture the lead upper trough and will dive southeast. The video below clearly shows the evolution of this into a closed upper low across the Lower Mississippi River Valley.

As southwest flow aloft overspreads the region on Monday, the flow at the low levels veer to southeast and East pumping in Atlantic moisture into the Carolinas. That will begin to produce an upslope component.

The Bottom Line: Our region will be unsettled for most of the upcoming workweek. It won’t rain the entire time but sunshine will be hard to come by.

Rainfall amounts over a five day period may begin to add up across the region. The fact that it has been dry over the past two weeks should allow the rainfall to properly flow initially without the risk of flooding. However that could change the later we get into the upcoming week.

Precip amounts of 1-3 inches through Friday is a good bet, local higher amounts in those favored upslope locations.

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