Severe Weather Possible Friday Across Western Carolinas

Lead Forecaster Daniel Crawley

Good Thursday morning to everyone, today will be a brief respite from thunderstorm activity as some cooler and less humid air has moved in. That will be temporary as moisture will surge back north ahead of the system current over the Plains.

This system will slowly intensify aloft on Friday and will move across the Ohio Valley, that will drag a cold front through the region late Friday. As you can see on the model depiction, winds at 700 mb will easily exceed 70 knots Friday afternoon.

Model guidance 700 mb winds (Fri 8 am – Sat 2 am)

The combination of strong upper level feature, moisture advection and instability will result in a severe weather risk on Friday. Storm Prediction Center has issued a Slight Risk (Level 2 of 5) for tomorrow.

Model Timing…

Friday 2 pm…

Friday 5 pm…

Friday 8 pm…


Threat: Severe Weather

Location: All of Western North Carolina

Impacts: Damaging Winds, Large Hail, Non-Zero Tornado Threat

Timing: Friday 3-10 pm

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