High winds possible with storms Friday

UPDATE: The Tornado Watch has been dropped for the entire area as the threat for severe weather has diminished..

While a few showers will remain possible along the Grand Strand, skies will gradually clear during the afternoon from West to East. Afternoon temperatures in the 60s and 70s will quickly drop overnight into the mid and lower 40s.

A strong cold front, along with a line of rain and storms, will sweep through the area on Friday.

While much of the energy with this system will head north of our area, winds just a few thousand feet above the ground will be very strong (50-60 mph). A few of the taller showers and embedded storms will be capable of bringing some of those strong winds to the surface and could produce isolated pockets of damage. Limbs and trees weakened by our recent ice storm will be more likely to fall or topple. Even winds that don't meet severe thunderstorm criteria (winds {>}58 mph) will be capable of this.

The tornado risk is extremely low, but not zero.

The line will be in and out very quickly. It will march through the Pee Dee and Border Belt Through 1pm and the Grand Strand between Noon - 2pm.

Skies will clear late Friday from West to East and sunshine returns Saturday.