MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A few severe storms may develop on Sunday with frequent lightning, strong winds and hail.
A cold front will slowly sag into the Carolinas over the weekend and move into the region Sunday afternoon through Sunday evening. Ahead of the front, increasingly warm and humid weather will lead an unstable atmosphere by Sunday. As the front interacts with the unstable air in place, thunderstorms will likely develop and some could turn severe.
Temperatures will warm into the 80s on Sunday with increasing humidity and only a few showers possible through midday. Thunderstorms will likely develop across North Carolina by Sunday afternoon and then get pushed southward and into our area ahead of the advancing cold front. The high humidity will lead to plenty of fuel for storms to feed on and upper levels winds will be sufficiently strong for some of the storms to produce strong wind gusts. In addition, a few of the stronger storms may be capable of producing hail.
Thankfully, the combination of the storm fuel and upper levels winds do not support a widespread or major severe weather event.
Right now, the forecast is for a level 2 severe weather threat meaning that isolated to widely scattered strong to severe storms are possible. The level 2 severe weather threat covers most of North and South Carolina as several clusters of storms are expected.
Even without strong winds or hail, some of the storms on Sunday will likely produce frequent lightning. Those with outdoor plans, visiting the beach, or on a boat will need to stay up to date on the changing weather.