Potentially stormy weather today will be followed by more pleasant conditions for the Easter weekend, forecasters say.
Easter Sunday should bring pleasant weather to the Rock Hill area, with temperatures a few degrees cooler than the weather so far this week. Meteorologists have not ruled out the possibility of a few drops of rain disrupting Easter egg hunts scheduled for Saturday.
The big weather factor for the rest of the week is a cold front forecast to move through the Rock Hill area late in the day. Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and evening ahead of the front.
The unstable weather is part of the storm system responsible for widespread severe storms across the Midwest and South on Wednesday. Forecasters say the storms will weaken early today as they move through the mountains, but may intensify in warm, unstable air during the day through Piedmont.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Clay Chaney says areas south and east of Interstate 85, including the entire Rock Hill area, are most prone to heavy storms today.
Aaron Gleason, a meteorologist at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said the biggest threat of any storm today in the Carolinas would be heavy damage from gusty winds and possibly large hail. Gleason says the threat will be “isolated.”
Much nicer weather is expected on Friday, with the sun returning and temperatures climbing into the 70s.
There is uncertainty in Saturday’s forecast, Chaney said.
He said the cold front moving through the Rock Hill area late in the day is expected to stall to the south. By early Saturday a weak area of low pressure is expected to form and move along the front. Showers from this system could extend as far north as Rock Hill.
The chance of rain is about 30%, Chaney says.
The Easter Sunday forecast is mostly sunny skies and high temperatures around 70 degrees.
For those planning to attend Easter sunrise services, temperatures are expected to be in the mid-50s on Sunday morning.
That’s a far cry from last year, when Easter fell on April 4 and morning lows were in the mid-30s.
Rain is expected to return on Monday, possibly extending into Tuesday.
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This story was originally published April 14, 2022 11:09 a.m.