There were no reports of flooding after a band of heavy rain moved through the area Monday evening, but forecasters said rain was expected to continue overnight with a chance for stronger thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon.
Isolated thunderstorms moved through the area quickly Monday, bringing wind gusts and chillier temperatures.
Water rose in low-lying flood-prone areas but wasn’t widespread. The National Weather Service in Columbia had not received any reports of flooding or wind damage Monday evening.
Much of Richland County received around a half-inch of rain or less, according to county weather data. The Columbia area received around a quarter-inch of rainfall, while Hamilton-Owens Airport registered .47 inches. A gauge in Hopkins registered .63 inches of rain.
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Wind gusts Monday evening reached 33 mph at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Showers were expected to continue through the morning hours Tuesday, with an isolated thunderstorm possible, according to meteorologist Chris Liscinsky of the National Weather Service in Columbia.
“(Tuesday) is probably going to be much of the same,” he said, adding that the chance for stronger thunderstorms will be higher Tuesday afternoon.
Chances for localized heavy rain will continue Tuesday. Forecasters say most areas can expect to see half an inch of rain or less during the two days, while those hit with heavy rain could see as much as 2 inches.
The heavy rain is part of a cold front making its way through from the northwest, Smith said. Rain chances will start decreasing late Tuesday and into Wednesday as the front clears out. Forecasts show skies clearing Wednesday night with sunshine Thursday.