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Rowan weather: Severe thunderstorm watch

2:40 UPDATE: Rowan County is under a severe thunderstorm watch until 10 p.m. tonight.

The primary threat is high wind gusts, with some threat from hail, and a more remote threat from rotating storms. Rainfall could be, locally, heavy enough to cause isolated flash flooding, especially if storms train over the same area.

A watch means means the potential for severe storms exists. A warning means severe storms are present and in the area.

And here’s the other side of spring: We may see some strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and overnight. The main threat will be high wind and hail.

Rainfall could be heavy enough at times to cause isolated flash flooding.

The chance of rain and storms today is 60 percent. Most of the storms will be after 1 p.m. Patchy fog will hang around until 10 a.m. It will be mostly cloudy and 77, with south southwest wind at 6-10 mph. A quarter to half inch of rain is possible.

Tonight’s chance of rain is 90 percent, with more storms possible. One to 2 inches of rain is possible. Fog will return after midnight. The low will be 62, with south southwest wind at 6-9 mph.

Tuesday will have a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. it will be mostly cloudy and 76, with west southwest wind at 5-7 mph. Less than a tenth of an inch is expected, with higher amounts in thunderstorms.

The chance of rain drops to 30 percent Tuesday night, mainly before 9 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy, but clear slowly. The low will be 50, with calm wind shifting to the north around 6 mph after midnight. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected.

Wednesday will be sunny and 72, with north wind of 5-7 mph calming in the afternoon. The low will be 48, with mostly clear skies.

Thursday will be mostly sunny and 73. A 30 percent chance of showers is possible after 1 a.m. The low will be 57, with mostly cloudy skies.

Friday will be mostly cloudy and 75, with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m. The chance of showers and storms goes up to 60 percent Friday night, mostly before 10 p.m., followed by showers through midnight. It will be mostly cloudy and 54.

Saturday will be partly sunny and 76. Saturday night brings a 40 percent chance of showers. It will be mostly cloudy and 53.

Sunday will have a 60 percent chance of showers. It will be mostly cloudy and 70.

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