WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A complex storm now over the Gulf will precede the strongest cold front that we have seen so far this fall season. Overcast conditions should persist through tomorrow evening over southeast North Carolina. Scattered light showers are likely today into this evening. By tonight a new low and coastal trough will emerge off the South Carolina coast. This should bring heavier and more widespread rain to the area late tonight into Thursday evening. The latest runs of our exclusive PrecisionCast forecast model suggests widespread 1/2 inch to 1 inch rainfall totals over the next 48 hours. The rain threat will end early Friday as the strong cold front clears the Carolina coast.
Behind the front it will be breezy and cooler with decreasing clouds on Friday. Highs Friday may still top 60 but Friday night temperatures will plunge into upper 30's. Bundle up for Friday night football! We may avoid frost Saturday morning only because of a northerly breeze but highs Saturday will only be in the upper 50's with lots of sun. As the wind dies down Saturday evening, clear skies will set the stage for temperatures to drop down into the low and mid 30's by Sunday morning. This is when frost is most likely so cover up or bring in any delicate plants. Temperatures should moderate a little Sunday afternoon.