COLUMBIA, SC — The Midlands could see severe weather Saturday, including strong wind gusts and lightning. Thunderstorms could be severe in Camden much of the afternoon. In Columbia, rain will start early, clearing mid-afternoon, with the worst expected after 6 p.m.
Check Saturday morning to see if your outdoor event is still on. Here are weather forecasts for events as of 6 p.m. Friday:
• Gates open for tailgating at 9 a.m. at the Carolina Cup in Camden, with rain that fell overnight continuing in the morning and afternoon. Post-time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. Thunderstorms, possibly severe, are expected from 2-10 p.m.
The Colon Cancer Challenge bike ride at Dutch Fork Middle School, 7 a.m.-lunchtime, with rain possible throughout the ride.
• Saturday’s 45th Annual Cottontail Festival at Sesquicentennial State Park will start an hour earlier than planned, running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the Easter egg hunt at noon. Rain is possible throughout the event.
The SEC Women’s Equestrian Championship in Blythewood starts at 9 a.m., possibly before the rain, which is expected for most of the morning, begins. The championship itself starts at 1:40 p.m. Rain, with intermittent breaks and thunderstorms from 3-6 p.m., will continue into the night.
The USC softball team is scheduled to host Ole Miss at 1 p.m. in the rain, with clearing skies possible around 2 or 3 p.m. Possible severe weather isn’t due until 6.
The USC baseball team is scheduled to host Tennessee at 4 p.m., possibly under only cloudy skies. Winds and thunderstorms, possibly severe, are expected around 6 p.m.
The S.C. Cornbread Festival has been moved to Sunday from Saturday and will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Eau Claire. Sunny skies are forecast all day.