Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A cold front will continue to move slowly eastward into the state through Monday night. At midday, a line of showers/storms was sliding across the western 1/2 of the state. Related link: WLTX Weather Page for Columbia, SC
A tornado watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Monday for the following counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg, and Sumter.
Several other counties were under the watch, including Lexington and Richland, but the watch was cancelled for those counties.
Many areas west of Columbia has seen moderate to heavy rainfall. A few isolated severe storms were reported early Monday, including a possible tornado touching down in rural northern Fairfield (about 15 miles west of Blackstock).
A sharp dividing line in temperatures across the central part of the state may provide additional fuel for storms late Monday. With temperatures reaching towards 90 and dew points in the low 70's, the best opportunity for severe weather this afternoon and this evening will lie a line east of Camden to Columbia to Aiken. Pockets of torrential rains as well as strong gusty winds will be possible in areas late today into early tonight, especially for areas like Sumter, Manning, Santee, and Orangeburg.
Flood watches are in effect for many of our neighbors to the west. Given the slow nature of the front and the amount of moisture moving from the Gulf, localized flooding is possible in certain areas through tonight as prolonged heavy rains are expected. 1-2" of rain or more is possible in isolated areas through midnight.
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By Scott Ryan