Severe Storms Could Rock the Carolinas Today, Friday, Saturday

It’s shaping up to be an active pattern with severe storms over the next few days including today. High winds, hail, and even a brief tornado cannot be ruled out.


A line of storms will form in NW NC and will push east later this evening. The SPC has placed a large chunk of NC and the SC Upstate under a 1/5 Marginal Risk, however any storms today should be monitored and radar should be checked.

Future radar below for today shows storms increasing around 5 pm EST. This line could be severe with damaging winds, and will create travel delays along any major interstate.

As we head into the evening hours, storms push south and east, into SC and eastern NC around 9 pm EST. Again, damaging winds and hail are the main threats, but a tornado cannot be ruled out.

Overnight into early Saturday am: Storms push through central SC and eastern SC before weakening. Below is the future radar ending at 2am EST tonight:

It will be a stormy and rainy night inland. Any cluster of storms that does reach the coast should weaken by then, with a lightshow offshore once the storms are out over water, so if you are up late you may get to see.


More severe storms are possible Friday in a swath across western NC and much of SC. Damaging winds are the threat in this kind of pattern.



Saturday will once again see a marginal 1/5 risk across the entire coverage area. These storms will be the pop-up or garden variety as a typical early summer-like pattern takes shape. Outdoor activities may have to be brought inside, especially at the first sound of thunder!


Enjoy your safe and fun kickoff to the Holiday Weekend. Keep in mind, rain and thunder are possible at anytime, so head inside if skies threaten and thunder roars!

Remember, when thunder roars, head indoors!

Author: Michael Griffith

I have had a passion for the weather since a very young age and am a degreed meteorologist. I have a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master's from Plymouth State University. If you ever see me out and about in the Charlotte, NC area, be sure to say hi!