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Rowan weather: Update: Flash flood watch; Rain begins today

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM EST THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING...

The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has expanded the Flash Flood Watch to include portions of Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, and Union from 6 a.m. Thursday morning through midnight.

The threat for heavy and/or excessive rainfall will be on the increase Thursday morning. Rapid rises on streams and creeks are likely to occur along with the threat of flooded roads.

Flooding is also likely to occur on larger rivers which would linger through Friday.

Storm total rainfall through Thursday evening may be as much as 3 or 4 inches across the area.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

Today is the beginning of two days of rain, which could total up to 5 inches.

It will be cloudy and warm, with a high of 68 today. We have a 60 percent chance of showers after 2 p.m. Winds will be south southwest around 7 mph. A tenth to quarter inch of rain is possible.

Tonight will have a 90 percent chance of showers, with another quarter to half inch of rain possible The low will be 58, with south wind at 7-11 mph, gusting to 18 mph. Patchy fog will develop overnight.

Thursday will bring the heaviest rain, with a 100 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Patchy fog is likely before 7 a.m. The high will be 66, with south wind at 6-10 mph. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain is expected.

A flood watch will likely be issued. Thunderstorms could be strong to severe with damaging wind gusts. A brief, isolated tornado will be possible mainly along and south and east of Interstate 85.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms will be 100 percent again on Thursday night, with thunderstorms tapering off around 1 a.m. Some storms could produce heavy rainfall. The low will be 48, with south wind at 5-8 mph shifting to the west after midnight. Another 1-2 inches of rain is possible.

Friday will start with a 30 percent chance of showers, then be mostly sunny and 53. Winds will be west at 13-16 mph, gusting up to 24 mph.

Friday night will be mostly clear and cold, with a low of 31.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy and 49, with a 30 percent chance of rain after 2 p.m. The same chance of rain is possible before 4 a.m. It will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 32.

Sunday will be sunny and 53. A partly cloudy night will have a low of 34.

Monday will be mostly cloudy again, with a high of 59. A 30 percent chance of rain is possible Monday night, with a low of 45.

Tuesday will have a 60 percent chance of rain. It will be cloudy and 63.

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