Eclipse viewing looks iffy; strong storms return tonight

Total solar eclipse is amazing mysterious natural phenomenon when Moon passes between planet Earth and Sun

The only location where models have consistently kept a mostly cloudy, if not overcast sky, is along coastal SC, impacting the Charleston area. Rain may be heavy at times. However, a few breaks in the clouds can not be ruled out. We will know much more by early Monday morning when we can see extent and location of storm development and movement of those storms.

"If you are stuck under bad weather, watch one of the many eclipse webcasts available online and start planning ahead - either for the 2019 total eclipse in Chile or the 2024 total eclipse that crosses the U.S. from Texas to ME".

"Clearing will occur during the time of the eclipse, so there is the potential for clear skies inland by peak obscuration", the weather service said. That is the area with the highest risk for flash flooding. Temperatures will reach the mid to upper 80s by midday, will hold or even cool slightly during the eclipse, then warm a few more degrees.

Rain chances return late Monday through the middle of next week. Expect a slow cooldown tonight, with lows eventually bottoming out in the mid-70s. "If they are high clouds and they are thin enough - I think most people will be OK". The clouds will stay with us overnight with temperatures falling into the lower 50's.

Saturday - Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high around 80.

Tuesday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2 a.m. The Lowcountry's clear-sky chances are worse, with Charleston reportedly having a 72 percent chance of cloud cover, according to the briefing by forecasters. Lows in the mid 70. Pleasant. High: 86-88.

The high will be 90 and the low around 68.

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