Windy, wild Wednesday!

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Get ready for more up-and-down temperatures. And don't forget the rain, wind and throw in the chance of severe weather as well!

Here is a list of maximum wind gusts (mph) seen throughout the area. Or View a map.
Wilmington                44
Wrightsville Beach     62
State Port                  44
Kure Beach                44
Surf City                    35
Maple Hill                   48
Topsail Island            43
Whiteville                   35

Ahead of a line of storms, strong winds caused a few problems. Gusty winds over 40 mph were reported, with some trees falling around the Leland area. Funnel clouds were reported near Kenansville early this morning, as a first line of storms prompted Tornado Warnings and Watches.

--- Current Wind Speeds and Wind Gusts ---

The week promises to be quite the wild ride, with large temperature swings and thunderstorms possible mid-week. The changes are largely due to a strong storm system moving out of the Gulf of Mexico and interacting with cold Canadian air.

By Tuesday night, rain overspread most of southeastern North Carolina. Temperatures  were cool for the most part, but a warm front advanced onshore from the south. The temperatures rose to near 70 within a couple of hours, after temperatures in the low 50's just before midnight.

On Wednesday, temperatures will soar into the mid 70's with the possibility of more rain and a few thunderstorms, some of which could become strong to severe.

In the wake of the system, temperatures are expected to plummet. By Friday morning temperatures are expected to be near 30 degrees. Cooler temperatures will remain in place for the remainder of the forecast, with a chance of rain on Saturday.

The same system is bringing bitterly cold temperatures, winter storm warnings and blizzard warnings to parts of the Midwest. Up to 3 feet of snow can be expected in the Rocky Mountains, while blizzard conditions are expected across much of Iowa. Over a foot of snow could fall in the central part of the U.S. with winds gusting to 45 mph.

A similar storm system brought warm-then-cold temperatures and severe weather last week to parts of southeastern NC, prompting tornado watches and warnings on Wednesday evening.

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