COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - From the WIS FIRST ALERT WEATHER TEAM: FIRST ALERT Chief Meteorologist Dominic Brown has issued an Alert Day for Wednesday ahead of a thunderstorm threat in the Midlands.
The severe weather threat is to the west of the Midlands, but the system could produce thunderstorms with heavy rains and gusty winds in our area.
A few light showers have started to move into the state mainly across the North Carolina-South Carolina border and in the Upstate. A "backdoor" cold front will slip southward through the day.
The front will bring some spring-like active weather to the area for your Wednesday, so expect widespread areas of rain beginning around noon. There is a chance that some of that rain could contain a few stronger thunderstorms.
The thunderstorms produced could contain damaging wind and small hail. Flooding is not a big threat because conditions have been incredibly dry, however, ponding on area roads cannot be ruled out as heavy rain starts to fall during the late afternoon hours.
Rain totals are expected to exceed 1 inch in some of the northern counties (Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Chester, Lancaster). Lower rain totals are expected in the southern half of the Midlands.
The threat will come to an end Thursday, and cooler conditions will move in for Winter's arrival at around 11:30 a.m. Expect daytime highs only in the 50s.
Here's your FIRST ALERT forecast:
- Tuesday: Patchy fog this morning giving way to partly cloudy skies, breezy and warm. Highs the lower 70s
- Tuesday night: Cloudy and mild. Lows in the middle to upper 50s
- Wednesday: Cloudy, breezy and warm with an 80 percent chance of periods of showers and rain (some rain will be heavy) by late afternoon a few thunderstorms could form - some storm could be strong with the biggest threat (if they do form) would be damaging winds and small hail. Highs in the upper 60s
- Thursday: Showers and periods of rain likely in the morning, breezy and much cooler. Highs in the middle 50s Rain chance: 50 percent.
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