System expected to bring strong storms early Monday

Predicted storm status early Monday. (WCTI photo)

A strong storm system will be moving through our area Sunday and early Monday.

The storm system has spawned tornadoes in areas such as Arkansas and Alabama and even produced heavy snow in the Great Lakes. There are currently warnings from Virginia down to Miami. It will reach our state Sunday by crossing over the mountains and eventually reaching ENC.

We can expect rainfall to increase over the day Sunday with winds gusty between 20-30 mph. The system will be impacting the area in full effect as early as 10 PM Sunday with winds picking up to around 25-35 mph overnight. While the rainfall Sunday will likely result in less than an inch for our area, totals will increase drastically by early Monday. Some areas could see .50"-2" of rain in ENC.

By 5 a.m. Monday, the system will likely be off the coast and out of our area. After that, we can expect temps to be around 65 before warming up later this week.

The storm system stretches from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes and has also buffeted the central U.S. with heavy snow, winds, rain and hail, forcing flight cancellations, creating treacherous road conditions and killing at least three people, including a sleeping 2-year-old Louisiana girl.

In the Upper Midwest, the early spring storm brought snow to a region pining for sunshine and warmth. Around 400 flights were canceled at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which closed to flights as heavy snow made it difficult for crews to keep the runways clear and planes deiced, while blizzard conditions forced the airport in South Dakota's biggest city, Sioux Falls, to remain closed for a second straight day.

Watch meteorologist Ashley Pratt Sunday morning and meteorologist Matt Callihan Sunday evening and night for more details and updates on the storm. You can also download our mobile news app to keep up with the latest along with our mobile weather app.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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