FIRST ALERT: Rain moves in today and lingers for several days

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A very unsettled weather pattern will develop across the Carolinas today and linger into the start of 2019 with several rounds of rain likely.

Marla's soggy Friday forecast

A series of slow moving storm systems will then the region from Friday through the weekend and into early next week. These systems will result in several rounds of rain and unseasonably mild weather at times. While rain will not fall all day every day, the risk of wet weather will stick around through the New Year and beyond.

Today will see the first round of significant rain with steady rain at times through the day. An isolated thunderstorm or two will be possible as well. Despite the rain and clouds, temperatures will soar to 70° during the afternoon. Rainfall totals may reach an inch in some areas. The rain will taper off late this evening.

Steady rain will take a break through the weekend, but showers will be possible from time to time. Saturday will be the driest day with rain chances ranging of 20%. More rain will return at times on Sunday as the rain chance increases to 60%. The mild weather will stick around through the weekend with daytime temperatures in the 60s to near 70 on Saturday and then dropping into the upper 50s to lower 60s on Sunday.

New Year’s Eve will see mild weather returning once again with afternoon temperatures near 70. While a few peaks of sun will be possible, a few showers will likely move across the region once again.

New Year’s Day will feature a lingering risk of rain at times along with another round of unseasonably warm temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70°.

Another round of significant rain is possible by late Wednesday and Thursday of next week. By the time the rain finally comes to an end, rain totals are likely to reach 2 to 4 inches across most of the region. The rain should remain spread out enough to prevent any significant flooding.

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