Strong thunderstorms where affecting areas from the eastern Carolinas to northern Florida as anticipated to start the week.
A sluggish, moisture-laden storm system that continues to bring beneficial rain to the Southeast will slide northward up the East Coast. On the southern flank of the storm, very warm and humid air was interacting with a cold front, producing thunderstorms.
Residents living from Wilmington, N.C. southward to Jacksonville, Fla., should keep an eye to the sky later today and take shelter from stormy weather.
In addition to damaging winds, torrential downpours will also accompany these storms. The heavy rainfall can lead to flash flooding and accumulation of water on roadways. Motorists should never drive through a flooded roadway and take extra caution when drenching rain reduces visibility.
Farther north in the mid-Atlantic, the threat for gusty winds will diminish, but the downpours can still cause localized flooding as far north as Virginia.
The storm system will be slow to depart and more thunderstorms should ignite once again on Tuesday across the Southeast, especially in the afternoon. Similar to today, some of these storms could bring strong winds and heavy rainfall.
The good news is that the several days of rainfall in the Southeast have helped to put a small dent in the drought that has plagued many portions of the region.
Looking ahead at the rest of the week, high pressure will build into the Southeast by Wednesday putting an end to the bulk of the rainfall. However, locations near the coast could still have some showers and thunderstorms into Thursday. The entire region should have dry and increasingly warm weather by the weekend.
After several days of unseasonable warmth, bitter cold and rounds of snow will continue to spread across the Western and Central states into this weekend.
Similar to the days prior to Thanksgiving, the worst weather will focus on the days prior to Christmas as millions of travelers take to the roads and skies in the U.S. and southern Canada.
An abrupt and abnormal cold wave gripped parts of southeastern Texas in early December, catching many off-guard, including two native Southern California bobcats recently transferred to the area.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
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Thunderstorms in parts of the South this weekend may become strong enough to threaten lives and property.
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