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May 6, 2021

Rowan weather: Warm and sunny, but …

We’re getting a taste of summer today, with sunny skies and a high of 79. But it’s going to be windy again, with west southwest winds at 10-14 mph, gusting as high as 23 mph.

Tonight will be clear and warm, with a low of 53.

Wednesday will bring another round of storms, with more severe weather than what we saw Monday.

A strong cold front will approach the western Carolinas Wednesday evening. Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to develop along and ahead of the front, especially from late afternoon Wednesday through much of the overnight.

Conditions are expected to be favorable for severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes.

Localized flash flooding will also be possible. Storms could organize into a line Wednesday night, which would pose a higher risk of damaging winds.

During the day, clouds will thicken and we’ll have a high of 76. The chance of rain during the day is 60 percent, with winds becoming southeast at 5-8 mph in the morning.

The chance of storms goes up to 80 percent Wednesday night, with a low of 57. Winds from the south southeast will begin at 13-15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. A half to three-quarters of an inch of rain is possible.

Expect high winds on Thursday, as strong west to northwest winds will develop behind the cold front. The winds will be high enough to knock down trees and power lines. Thursday has a 40 percent chance of showers and storms, with a high of 61. Southwest wind will blow at 15-18 mph, with gusts around 28 mph or higher. Skies will become partly sunny.

Thursday night will be partly cloudy and 41.

Friday will be mostly sunny with a cooler high of 56 and more wind. Friday’s low will be a cold 36. Some areas will see some frost.

Saturday should be sunny and 63, with another cold low of 36.

Sunday should be sunny and 70, with a low of 49.

Then we warm up again for Monday, with a high of 77 and mostly sunny skies.

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