Sparing morning commuters, the Charleston area lucked out Tuesday morning following a lower-than-forecast high tide level.
While rising waters during the periods of high tide through Thursday are expected to bring minor-to-moderate flooding for both morning and evening commutes, that was not the case Tuesday.
High tide Tuesday morning was around 7:35 a.m., and levels peaked shortly thereafter at 7.24 feet.
The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a coastal flood advisory for Beaufort, Charleston and Colleton counties that lasted through the early morning hours and expired at 9 a.m.
Looking forward, forecasters said levels during high tide Wednesday could reach near the 8-foot mark, at which point it's deemed a major flood. There is a slight chance of rain showers after 10 a.m. and before 11 p.m. which, in tandem with high tide, could spell trouble on low-lying roads.
Through Thursday, motorists should expect flooding to occur at Lockwood Boulevard and Broad Street, Hagood Avenue and East Battery, among others, Charleston police said in a statement.
Motorists should plan for added time to their commutes each way, the alert said.