FIRST ALERT: A break today, rain and storms return on Thursday

A break today, rain and storms return on Thursday

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - We’re waking up to a clear and cool start on this Wednesday morning with temperatures in the 30s across Horry County and the Pee Dee.

Today in the Grand Strand will feature sunshine and highs in the lower 50s. Enjoy it before additional rain arrives!
Today in the Grand Strand will feature sunshine and highs in the lower 50s. Enjoy it before additional rain arrives! (Source: WMBF)

Plenty of sunshine is in the forecast for today before our clouds thicken up this evening ahead of our next weather maker. Highs today will not be as warm and beautiful as our Tuesday but we will see readings into the lower 50s. You’ll notice a lot more cloud cover around the area by sunrise and the isolated shower chances work into the area overnight.

Rain chances will continue on Thursday and a few strong storms could be possible.
Rain chances will continue on Thursday and a few strong storms could be possible. (Source: WMBF)

Rain will start to become common by early Thursday and periods of moderate to heavy rain will be possible from time to time. While most of the day will be on the cool side, another surge of warm weather will arrive late in the day, attempting to send temperatures into the 60s right along the coast. This surge of warm weather will provide just enough fuel for a few thunderstorms.

There is a level one severe threat for Thursday with a better chance of severe storms down in the Lowcountry.
There is a level one severe threat for Thursday with a better chance of severe storms down in the Lowcountry. (Source: WMBF)

In addition to the warmth, strong winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere could aid in the development of thunderstorms Thursday evening. Currently, there is a LEVEL 1 severe weather risk in place for a small risk of strong storms Thursday. The Storm Prediction Center continues to highlight gusty winds as the main threat for our area here in Horry County. The better tornado threat is located down across the Lowcountry.

Rain will continue for Friday before the return of sunshine this weekend.
Rain will continue for Friday before the return of sunshine this weekend. (Source: WMBF)

The cold front also has looked to slow down over the past couple of model runs, increasing our rain chances on Friday as temperatures slowly tumble. Instead of rain getting out of here early, scattered showers are now looking likely through most of the day. When all is said and done on Friday, 1 to 2 inches of rain looks likely with local amounts of 3 inches or more possible.

Our temperatures will drop for the weekend behind the cold front.
Our temperatures will drop for the weekend behind the cold front. (Source: WMBF)

Dry weather will return by this weekend with some cooler overnights. It’s a much needed break that does look to extend into most of next week. Our rivers need some relief and hopefully this drier weather can help out as we head into next week with just a few isolated rain chances with temperatures in the 60s.

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