Soggy, stormy Midlands commute tonight
An approaching cold front combined with subtropical moisture will make for a soggy and sometimes stormy commute Friday across the Midlands.
The rain will continue to push through the area until 8:00 p.m., impacting rush hour. Drivers are encouraged to exercise caution on local roadways. When pavement is wet, it takes a car moving 35 miles per hour more than 120 feet to stop.
According to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center, there is only a marginal risk of severe storms Friday for the coast. In the Midlands, storms are expected to remain below severe criteria but may produce heavy rain, gusty winds and lightning.
In other words, exercise caution if you're driving toward the Pee Dee or Lowcountry this afternoon and evening as storm severity potential increases as you move east.
According to the NWS, of the 1.3 million annual weather related traffic accidents, 73 percent occur on wet pavement. More than 46 percent occur while rain is falling.
"Be smart and safe today on local roadways," says SkyWACH Meteorologist Justin Kier. "The heaviest rain will fall during rush hour. That's never a recipe for roadway success."
The Midlands may see up to a half an inch of rain from today's event. That rain is expected to impact our state drought status. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, every county in the Midlands is in at least the first stage of drought.
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