Stormy Tuesday, then a more seasonable week ahead

/ March 29, 2020 at 5:15 PM

After a downright summer-like weekend, more seasonable conditions (with even some below-normal temperatures) will assert themselves as we kick off April. First, though, we’ll get a few showers and storms through the area on Tuesday.

One more day of 80s ahead of Tuesday’s storm system

Weather Prediction Center frontal forecast for Tuesday at 8PM.

Monday will see temperatures in the low 80s ahead of a storm system that will swing through on Tuesday, bringing much cooler conditions to the area for the second half of the work week. Expect showers and perhaps a few thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening before the storm system clears the coast.

We’ll need to keep an eye on where a low pressure system forms and tracks as Tuesday goes along. A northward jog in that low’s track could usher in the chance for some stronger storms in the area. Right now, models continue to advertise the best ingredients for severe weather staying south of the Lowcountry, largely within southern Georgia. Keep an eye on forecasts as this evolves just in case this changes.

Most locations should pick up around a half to 3/4-inch of rain from this storm system as it moves through the area.

Big cooldown to start April

The second big weather story of the week will be much cooler temperatures as we close out March and kick off April. The mid-level ridge that has helped to drive our warmer-than-normal temperatures will be shunted southward and out of our way as a trough drives Tuesday’s storm system through the area. Don’t expect temperatures to get out of the 60s Wednesday and Thursday before the trough lifts out and allows temperatures to recover closer to early April normals in the mid-70s for the weekend. The next rain chance could come Sunday, but models are somewhat divergent out seven days, so this will need some fine-tuning.

Keep social distancing!

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together, please continue to use social distancing — six feet of distance between you and others — if you must go out and about for provisions. Otherwise, continue to stay close to home so that our health care system has a fighting chance against this nasty disease. Keep up with the latest cases at the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) website, keeping in mind that cases may still be underreported due to strict requirements for testing.

Be well, everyone.

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