FIRST ALERT: Warm, windy and wet Wednesday with a few severe storms possible

Isolated severe storms are possible late in the day.
Isolated severe storms are possible late in the day.(WMBF)
Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 3:44 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 24, 2023 at 4:06 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Winter-like weather tonight will turn much more spring-like on Wednesday with warmer temperatures, gusty winds, rain at times and the risk of an isolated severe storm or two.

TONIGHT

Temperatures will fall quickly early tonight reaching the upper 30s to lower 40 by midnight. After midnight, temperatures will level off and even start to climb by daybreak Wednesday

WEDNESDAY

An area of low pressure and strong cold front will move through the Carolinas late in the day Wednesday. Ahead of the front, warmer weather will quickly surge in. Temperatures will climb into the upper 60s to near 70 by midday. The morning will feature a few peaks of sunshine followed by thickening clouds.

A level 2 severe weather risk is in place for Wednesday.
A level 2 severe weather risk is in place for Wednesday.(WMBF)

As the front approaches the area in the afternoon, a band of rain with embedded downpours and a few thunderstorms will begin to move in. The rain will start during the early to mid afternoon in the Pee Dee and the mid to late afternoon across the Grand Strand.

Showers and storms arrive by Thursday afternoon and evening.
Showers and storms arrive by Thursday afternoon and evening.(WMBF)

At the same time, winds will increase in the upper levels of the atmosphere. With the increasing winds and warmer weather, a few strong to severe storms will be possible at times. While the overall risk is quite low, a few storms could be capable of producing an isolated tornado threat.

A small risk of an isolated tornado exists Wednesday afternoon and evening.
A small risk of an isolated tornado exists Wednesday afternoon and evening.(WMBF)

The main time frame for any potential severe weather is from 3:00 PM through 7:00 PM.

Wind gusts of 35 to 40 mph are likely through the afternoon and evening.
Wind gusts of 35 to 40 mph are likely through the afternoon and evening.(WMBF)

In addition to showers and a few storms, gusty winds will develop through the late morning into the afternoon. Gusts of 35 to 40 mph will be common.

Rain will quickly come to an end by the late evening with rainfall totals likely reaching one half to one inch in most areas.

REST OF THE WEEK

Temperatures will fall behind the cold front Thursday and Friday, with readings into the low-mid 50s again for highs. Plenty of sunshine will continue to end the work week and head into the weekend. A few more clouds will be around by the second half of the weekend with a small risk of a shower Sunday afternoon.