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Risk of Damaging Storms Sunday Night into Monday

Apr 10, 2020
Severe Risk Sunday Night into Monday
Jeff Huffman / SCEIN

Thunderstorms capable of producing destructive wind gusts up to 70 mph are possible across a large area of the Palmetto State late Sunday night or Monday morning. A few tornadoes are also possible, along with heavy rainfall, ahead of a powerful cold front that is expected to move through Monday.

The storm system likely to affect the state is part of a larger weather system that is favored to produce long-track tornadoes, straight-line winds, and large hail from as far west as Texas through Deep South into Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle Sunday afternoon and evening.

A complex of strong thunderstorms, a few of which will be capable of producing wind damage, is forecast to move across the Palmetto State early Thursday morning. A stray thunderstorm or two is also possible Wednesday afternoon across the northern tier of the state, capable of producing gusty winds and small hail.

Early Signs Point to an Active Hurricane Season Ahead

Apr 2, 2020
Megan Borowki, Jeff Huffman / SCEIN

Scientists say this year’s Atlantic hurricane season could be more active than normal, but stress the role uncertainty plays 60 days out.

The Colorado State University (CSU) Tropical Meteorology Project team, led by Dr. Phil Klotzbach, is predicting 16 named storms, eight hurricanes, and four to reach major hurricane strength with winds 111 mph or greater. A normal season usually consists of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.

Update Tuesday 2:30 PM ET: A Tornado Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service until 9:00 PM EST. The watch includes the following counties in South Carolina: Allendale, Charleston, Hapton, Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper, Berkeley, and Dorchester.

Update Tuesday 2 pm ET: Forecasters at the National Weather Service have upgraded the risk area to “slight” (or level two out of five) for areas of the Lowcountry including the cities of Charleston, Hilton Head Island, Ridgeland, and Allendale.

Record Warmth Likely in South Carolina This Weekend

Mar 27, 2020

The second weekend of spring will feel more like the start of summer across the Palmetto State, and numerous record highs are even likely to be broken.

A sprawling dome of high pressure is forecast to build across the Southeast in the coming days, which will promote sinking air and abnormally warm temperatures for this time of year.

Southwesterly winds near the ground will also allow warm, dry continental air to move into the Midlands and Upstate regions, which will allow the warmth to spread farther inland.

Heavy Rain and Strong Storms Likely to Return to the Palmetto State

Mar 24, 2020

The latest batch in the seemingly endless waves of heavy rainfall that have moved across the state this winter is on track to move through Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night.

More Rain Coming After a Record Wet Winter

Mar 2, 2020

Several more rounds of rain are on the way to the Palmetto State, adding to the record wet winter many areas of the state have officially recorded.

Another Round of Heavy Rain Moving In

Feb 24, 2020

Another round of rain is expected across the Palmetto State Monday night and Tuesday, which could cause already swollen rivers to rise again.

Rain had already overspread much of South Carolina Monday, and with plenty of moisture streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico and a strong jet stream overhead, another inch or two is likely to fall before a front moves through the state Tuesday.

UPDATE: A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Chesterfield, Lancaster, York, and Cherokee counties, valid from early Thursday morning through late Thursday night. 

It has been a mild and wet winter thus far in the Palmetto State. The “wet” is not likely to go away this week, but enough “cold” could make the weather interesting Thursday into Thursday night.

Final Bout of Rain Arriving Before Drier Weekend

Feb 12, 2020

Update as of 8:30 AM Thursday

A line of strong thunderstorms, which prompted The National Weather Service to issue Severe Thunderstorm Warnings for Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee counties early Thursday morning, is moving eastward through the Upstate. Strong winds in the lower part of the atmosphere may transfer to the ground as the line of heavy showers and a few thunderstorms move through the state today. For this reason, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a “marginal risk” (a level 1 out of 5) for severe storms over the state today.

A Brief Lull in the Rain, But More Expected This Week

Feb 10, 2020

Update as of 3:00 PM Tuesday:

The National Weather Service has canceled the Flash Flood Watch it had in effect over the Upstate. Scattered showers or an isolated strong thunderstorm are still possible Tuesday evening thanks to the passage of a weak front. Overall, a brief period of drier weather is expected on Wednesday before another cold front arrives late Wednesday night and Thursday with more widespread rain and thunderstorms.

Update as of 10:30 AM Tuesday:

Tornado Watch issued for more of South Carolina

Feb 6, 2020

A new Tornado Watch has been issued for the South Carolina Midlands until 8 PM. The watch includes the Columbia metropolitan area, Orangeburg, Sumter, and North Augusta. A line of severe thunderstorms, which has produced significant wind damage and possible tornadoes in the Spartanburg area this morning, is accelerating eastward. The line is forecast to reach the Columbia metro area between 3 and 5 PM and Sumter and Florence between 5 and 7 PM.

Tornado Watch for parts of the Upstate, Midlands

Feb 5, 2020

Update as of 10:30 AM:

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 5 PM for the entire upstate of South Carolina and for a portion of the Midlands to the west of Columbia. The watch includes Rock Hill, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Anderson. A line of thunderstorms, with damaging wind and embedded tornadoes, is approaching from the west late this morning through mid-afternoon in these areas.

Update as of 6:15 AM:

Multiple weather-related hazards are possible Wednesday night and Thursday over a large portion of the Palmetto State.

First round Wednesday night

An increasingly warm and humid air mass will surge northward across the state Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. A fe showers may develop as soon as Wednesday morning, especially over the Upstate and Midlands. The showers and thunderstorms are then likely to become more widespread Wednesday night.

A powerful storm is expected to move through the Central U.S. Saturday, sending a squall line of destructive storms through the Mid-South and dumping heavy snow on the Upper Midwest. The system is likely to weaken considerably before reaching South Carolina, but it still might be capable of producing a few severe thunderstorms upon its arrival late Saturday night.

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