Tropical Depression Two formed in the Atlantic Friday afternoon. As of 5am Saturday, it's located 265 miles off the coast of Charleston. The official track from the National Hurricane Center has it strengthening to Tropical Storm Bonnie by early Sunday before making landfall near Charleston and then moving northeast right along the shoreline. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect for the South Carolina coast until further notice. The bottom line is that this isn't expected to become more than a weak tropical storm with minimal impacts for the Lowcountry. The biggest concern will be dangerous and potentially deadly rip currents through the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. Most of the heavy rain should remain out over the Atlantic Ocean, but bands of showers and thunderstorms with brief torrential downpours will be possible at times. Rainfall totals will generally be one to two inches, but locally higher amounts are possible. Winds won't be a big widespread concern, but expect some gusty winds especially along and close to the coast...possibly up to 35 mph.
Showers and thunderstorms will be on the increase today but most of the wet weather should hold off until the afternoon, so make those beach plans early before the weather heads downhill. Gusty winds and periods of heavy rain are the main issue as we head into late today and tomorrow. Highs will be capped in the lower 80s. Coastal impacts will be the main issue as inland from the coast, it will just be breezy and warm with scattered thundershowers. Conditions should be improving Monday with just a few showers and storms possible, mainly in the afternoon. The chance for a few showers and storms will remain in the forecast through Friday. Highs will return in the middle and upper 80s starting Memorial Day.
Today, variably cloudy with scattered showers/storms, highs in the lower 80s.
Tonight, showers and storms with heavy rain possible, lows in the lower 70s.
Tomorrow, mostly cloudy with more showers and thunderstorms, highs in the lower 80s.
H: 12:52am L: 7:28am
H: 1:22pm L: 7:36pm
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