The week ahead: Turning stormy for mid-week, but another great weekend in sight

/ April 3, 2022 at 3:31 PM

The week ahead will feature a series of storm systems right in the middle of the work week followed by a return to below-normal temperatures for Friday and the weekend. A few severe storms could be in the mix, particularly on Tuesday. (And yes, it’ll be windy again.)

Monday starts out the work week with another partly cloudy and generally pleasant day. Temperatures will top out in the mid-70s, running a couple clicks cooler with winds shifting onshore. Clouds will be on the increase ahead of our storm system, but we should still see plenty of sun for the duration of the day.

A warm front will lift north of the area early Tuesday, kicking off an unsettled period right smack dab in the middle of the work week. So far, it looks like the best — albeit still small — risk of a strong to severe thunderstorm in the Lowcountry will arrive on Tuesday given decent instability and a strong low-level jet, which — stop me if you’ve heard this before — will likely help to contribute to gusts pushing 40 MPH during the day Tuesday outside of thunderstorms. Given the elevated wind fields, thunderstorms could give a little extra “oomph” to these winds, creating a damaging wind threat.

On Wednesday, there’s no real forcing mechanisms around to kick off widespread shower and thunderstorm activity, but temperatures in the low 80s should allow for popup showers and thunderstorms to develop. Then on Thursday, one more cold front swings through in conjunction with a large, lumbering mid-level low centered over the Great Lakes, bringing one more round of showers and storms for this forecast period. Behind this front, temperatures will drop below early April normals for Friday and the weekend, with temperatures perhaps not getting out of the 60s. Fortunately, so far it doesn’t look like there will be any frost or freeze concerns, but we’ll keep an eye on it.

Work week rain can sometimes be a bummer, but we sure do need it as moderate drought continues to envelop the Lowcountry. If we can get it without severe weather, all the better.