FIRST ALERT: A few showers today, winds increase to end the week
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Rain chances are back in the forecast along with increasing winds to end the work week.
Another round of warm weather continues with the risk of a few spotty showers today. As we end the work week, we’ll see the winds increase ahead the system that brings a cold front on Friday. Highs will be warm today with readings in the upper 70s to lower 80s again. Don’t cancel any outdoor plans but just prepare for a few light showers. We will hold onto the chance of a light shower this morning but the best risk of a passing shower arrives during the afternoon and into the evening hours.
Rain chances will creep up to 40% this evening. No heavy rain is expected.
WINDY FRIDAY, WATCHING THE STORM THREAT
A warm front will move through the region overnight and bring a round of showers through the early morning hours, just before sunrise. This will keep those early morning chances around and also increase the wind field throughout the day.
There’s a good chunk of Friday that remains dry. In fact, partly cloudy skies and windy conditions will be the main story through the middle of the day and into the afternoon hours. High temperatures will climb into the mid-upper 70s near the beaches. As you move inland, another round of 80s is expected for afternoon highs.
The approaching cold front will move into the Carolinas late on Friday. In addition, very strong winds will develop in the upper atmosphere through the day. These features could support the risk of a couple strong to severe storms to our west by Friday afternoon. Thankfully, the moisture remains limited and should weaken those storms dramatically by Friday evening as they move into the Pee Dee & Grand Strand. It’s looking most likely there will be a few spotty showers late in the evening, but we’ll continue to keep an eye on the trends.
Because of the limited moisture, we actually we’re downgraded to a LEVEL 1 severe weather risk for Friday evening.
The more noticeable and widespread impacts from the front will be the strong winds on Friday. Gusts of 35 to 40 mph will be common with a few gusts up to 45 mph possible. These winds could lead to an increased risk of wildfire through the day.
After the cold front moves through, cooler temperatures will move in. Highs on Saturday will reach the low-mid 70s. On Sunday, we will fall into the mid-60s.
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