Tornado Watch Expires for the Midlands

Jim Gandy's weather forecast on October 23, 2017.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A tornado watch that had been in effect for much of the Midlands has now expired.

The final counties were allowed to go off the advisory as of 9 p.m.. Monday.

A watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes. A warning means a tornado has been spotted on radar or by people on the ground. 

Several tornado warnings were issued earlier in the afternoon,.

The first warning was sent out for part of Orangeburg County near the town of Bowman around 1 p.m.. A second warning was issued for Calhoun County, Clarendon County, and Sumter Counties until 2 p.m., but that was cancelled by 1:42 p.m. And around 4:15 p.m., a tornado warning was issued for Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties.

So far, no one has verified if a twister actually touched down of if there is damage in any of those places.

Cooler, drier air will be pushing into the Midlands behind the front. Skies will be clearing early Tuesday morning as high pressure builds into the region.

Chilly morning readings are expected for the remainder of the week. The coolest morning is likely to be Thursday with low temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s. We will keep an eye on any chance for frosts.

Temperatures will gradually warm through the workweek. More clouds may build into the area by the weekend, and there will be a small chance for rain Sunday.

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