FIRST ALERT: Big warm up today, Friday storm risk on the rise

Jamie's Wednesday AM WX

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Much warmer weather returns through the end of the week with all eyes on Friday and the increasing potential of severe weather.

Sunny and much warmer today.
Sunny and much warmer today. (Source: WMBF)

Warmer weather will return for today bringing our temperatures back into the upper 70s by this afternoon with mostly sunny skies. The warming trend will continue into Thursday as afternoon temperatures reach the lower 80s inland and near 80 along the Grand Strand.

The forecast will remain dry through Thursday but humidity will start to return later on Thursday and into Thursday night.

Friday's severe storm risk is now at a level 3 indicating scattered severe storms capable of strong winds and isolated tornadoes.
Friday's severe storm risk is now at a level 3 indicating scattered severe storms capable of strong winds and isolated tornadoes. (Source: WMBF)

The next big weather system arrives on Friday as a strong storm system and cold front pushes through the Carolinas. Friday is a First Alert Weather Day as several signals are already strongly pointing to a heightened risk for severe storms and locally heavy rain. A line of strong to severe storms will likely move across the eastern Carolinas Friday afternoon and evening. With extremely strong winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere, damaging winds will the primary risk from any severe storms that develop. Tornadoes cannot be ruled out along with hail and locally very heavy rainfall. Even outside of any strong to severe storms, winds will be very gusty on Friday with gusts to 40 mph likely at times.

A line of strong to severe storms will likely cross the region late Friday.
A line of strong to severe storms will likely cross the region late Friday. (Source: WMBF)

The start of the weekend will be dramatically cooler with highs dropping into the low 60s behind the front on Saturdat. Winds will remain gusty with mostly cloudy skies and the risk of a few sprinkles at times.

Sunny and mild for Easter Sunday.
Sunny and mild for Easter Sunday. (Source: WMBF)

Quiet and milder weather returns for Easter Sunday with afternoon temperatures returning to the 70s with mostly cloudy skies.

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