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Cold front arriving Monday could bring severe storms, heavy rain, wind

On Sunday, the possibility of rain and wind is high, while the potential for hail and tornadoes is low. The storm system is expected to bring potential for heavy rain Monday afternoon and evening along with gusty winds. (Image: WLOS staff)

A powerful cold front moves through WNC and the Upstate on Monday, bringing the chance for severe storms, heavy rain, gusty winds. Much cooler air moves in behind the front.

This same system spawned tornadoes in Oklahoma on Saturday, along with large hail in the Plains States and the Mississippi River Valley. On Sunday, the possibility of rain and wind is high, while the potential for hail and tornadoes is low.

Expect light scattered showers later Sunday night, with the rain picking up overnight.

Patchy fog will also develop. While the morning commute will be wet, it looks like the brunt of the heavy rain/gusty winds/strong to severe storms will be during the afternoon and early evening.

Some locations could get up 1-3" of rain, and some trees and power lines could fall.

Thunderstorms will be possible in the afternoon, some of which could be severe. The greatest threat is from gusty downdraft winds in thunderstorms that could reach 60 mph.

A few isolated tornadoes are not out of the question, especially for areas south of I-85 in the Upstate. Tornadoes are also possible across the foothills and Piedmont of North Carolina.

Rain totals could reach upwards of four inches in some locations by Tuesday morning but flooding is not currently expected. Wet soil could contribute for additional trees down.

Drier and much colder air arrives on Tuesday, with lows dropping into the upper 30's by Wednesday morning. Highs on Wednesday are expected to only reach the lower 50s, with gusty winds making it feel even colder.

The coldest air of the season arrives early Thursday morning, with morning lows near freezing in Asheville.

Visit the WLOS Weather Page for the latest forecast.

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