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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.