Rowan weather: Storms prompt flash flood watch

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 15, 2014

The stormy weather is headed our way, with a 100 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today. And we are under a flash flood watch from 8 this morning until 6 a.m. Friday.
The National Weather Service says a strong, slow-moving cold front will move across the state today, with deep moisture fueling widespread thunderstorms through this afternoon. The potential for 2 to 4 inches of rain exists from numerous thunderstorms, leading to flash flooding of streams and creeks. Longer periods of rain can lead to river flooding later in the day.
Keep an eye on the weather and avoid flooded areas. “Turn around, don’t drown.”
If an area of low pressure develops along the front and moves over the Piedmont, wind shear may increase enough at low levels to cause wind damage or even tornadoes. If conditions worsen, a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch might be issued.
Expect south southeast winds around 13-16 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph, or higher in thunderstorms.
Today’s high will be 75. Rain and storms will continue tonight, with a low of 52.
Friday will start out mostly cloudy, but clearing gradually. Skies will turn sunny and the high will be 72, with northwest winds around 9 mph, gusting as high as 18 mph. Friday night’s low will be 47.
It looks like we’ve hit the jackpot for weekend weather. Saturday, crammed with outdoor events and college graduations, will be sunny and 73, with a low around 47.
Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 72 and another low around 47.
Even Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will be nice days. Look for mostly sunny skies Monday, with a high near 74 and a low around 48; Tuesday, mostly sunny again, high near 77, low, 53. Wednesday we’ll get back into the 80s, with a high of 81.