Weather Forecast (compiled from the National Weather Service, NC Emergency Management and public utility meteorologists)
An upper level low will become stationary over the deep south at least through Saturday as Joaquin moves north to the North Carolina coast. This low to our south is drawing heavy moisture into our region and very heavy rainfall is forecasted until the low and Joaquin move northeast and away from our region. What you need to know is that even though the hurricane models are not consistent yet the models all have it pushing heavy rain over our region through Sunday. The estimations of the amount of rainfall vary widely but most forecasters have the Catawba County area receiving 5 -7 inches between now and Sunday night with high, gusty winds. This can very possibly create some serious and potentially dangerous conditions with flooding on roads and downed trees and power lines.
Showers before 9am, then rain after 9am. The rain could be heavy at times. Patchy fog before 8am. High near 59. Northeast wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 53. Northeast wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 62. Northeast wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.
Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Rain likely, mainly before 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 66. Chance of precipitation is 60%
A chance of rain before 9pm, then a chance of showers after 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 50%.