Strong front brings storms, wind and chance of frost over the weekend
After a round of rain Wednesday night, a strong cold front will sweep through the area Thursday afternoon. While most of the daylight hours Thursday will be rain-free, the front will produce scattered showers and a few storms between 5-7 p.m. across the Pee Dee and Border Belt and 6-8 p.m. along the Grand Strand.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed our region under an isolated risk for severe weather this evening. The main threats will be heavy downpours, a few lightning strikes, and some gusty winds. 1 or 2 storms could produce winds high enough to cause some minor damage to roofs or sidings as well as any outdoor items not well secured. There is a very low, but non-zero, threat of a weak tornado as the line moves through.
During the afternoon period leading up to tonight's rainfall, clouds mixed with sunshine is expected. Winds will increase into the breezy category, occasionally gusting up to 25 mph at times.
Skies clear late Thursday night and sunshine returns for Friday. It will be cooler and still windy with gusts Friday afternoon around 35 mph.
Chilly air pouring into the area will cause temperatures to fall into the mid-30s away from the coast Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The wind will be too high for frost Friday night, but lighter winds may allow for frost inland Saturday and Sunday nights.
Long range models suggest cooler than normal air may stick around through at least the middle of March. Since we have several chances for frost this weekend and perhaps again next week, it's still a good idea not to plant!