The sun was in rare form Monday across South Carolina. It was out the entire day!
Much of the state has experienced a prolong period of gloomy skies since the middle of the month. Columbia, for example, hadn't had a day with more than 50 percent sunshine since February 14th. The pattern finally broke Monday, as high pressure nosed in from the Ohio Valley and allowed drier, cooler air to spill in from the north.
The brighter skies won't last long. Upper-level winds out of the west are still quite strong, and this will keep weather systems marching across the nation about every other day for at least the next week. Clouds were already noted on satellite streaming in from the southwest early Tuesday, associated with the first of at least three disturbances slated to move through the Southeast over the next seven days.
Moisture will be limited with the first system, so widespread rain is not expected Tuesday or Wednesday. However, a few showers will be possible in the low country Wednesday as the system exits. A stronger storm system will quickly move across the Palmetto State Thursday, when a period of heavier rain and possible thunderstorms are expected. The heaviest rain with this system is likely to fall from the Midlands to the Atlantic Coast.
Another storm system, with a stronger cold front attached, is projected to move through South Carolina this weekend. Multiple rounds of rain will be possible Saturday and/or Sunday, followed by a notable drop in temperature. This could potentially set the stage for a wintry mix of precipitation in the Upstate early next week as yet another disturbance heads our way.