FIRST ALERT: Dry Wednesday, rain and storms return Thursday

FIRST ALERT: Dry Wednesday, rain and storms return Thursday
Rain and storms return on Thursday. (Source: WMBF)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Dry weather continues on Wednesday before another round of rain and potentially thunderstorms return on Thursday.

After finally seeing the return of sunshine, skies will remain clear as temperatures turn colder tonight. By sunrise Wednesday. temperatures will drop into the middle to upper 30s along the Grand Strand and lower to middle 30s across the Pee Dee.

Wednesday will see plenty of sunshine give way to thickening clouds by the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will be considerably cooler than Tuesday with afternoon readings in the lower 50s.

Rain begins to overspread the area by early Thursday and periods of moderate to heavy rain will be possible from time to time. While most of the day will be cool, another surge of warmer weather will arrive late in the day and send temperatures near the coast into the 60s. This surge of warmer weather provide fuel to the atmosphere for the possibility of thunderstorms.

Rain returns on Thursday.
Rain returns on Thursday. (Source: WMBF)

In addition, very strong winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere could aid in the development on thunderstorms. Currently, there is a LEVEL 1 severe weather risk in place which means a small risk of severe storms and a very low but non-zero risk of an isolated tornado. The set up is somewhat similar to the set up that produced the Brunswick County, NC tornado late Monday night.

Strong upper level winds will return to the region on Thursday with a small chance of strong to severe storms.
Strong upper level winds will return to the region on Thursday with a small chance of strong to severe storms. (Source: WMBF)

Rainfall amounts from the next system look to be significant with 1 to 2 inches likely across much of the area. Local amounts of 3 inches or more will be possible.

There is a level one risk for a strong storm or two on Thursday.
There is a level one risk for a strong storm or two on Thursday. (Source: WMBF)

Showers will continue into early Friday before much dryer and cooler weather returns.

By the weekend, dry weather will be firmly in control, but temperatures will remain chilly in the 40s to near 50. Overnight temperatures through the weekend will return to near freezing.

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