Severe thunderstorms possible late tonight and early Wednesday

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -  This morning a warm front will surge north of the area putting southeast North Carolina in the warm sector of an approaching strong cold front.  As a result south and southeast winds will allow lots of warmth and moisture to flow into the area during the daytime.  Afternoon highs will surge into the 70's despite mostly cloudy skies and a chance of showers late in the day.  The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK  has put central and eastern North Carolina under a slight risk of severe thunderstorms tomorrow evening through Wednesday morning.

The amount of instability tomorrow night will be marginal, however a potent upper trough will pass to our west tomorrow evening and early Wednesday.  This will lead to excellent upper level support to any severe thunderstorms that are able to develop.  Damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour will the prime severe weather threat.  However large hail and changing winds with height will lead to high wind shear and a shot of a few isolated tornadoes.  Overnight lows will stay in the 60's with strong southerly breezes.   The severe weather threat will end Wednesday morning as a strong cold front pushes into the area. 

Our biggest fear is that the prime severe weather threat would be overnight while most of us are asleep .  If you haven't done so in a while check you weather radios and make sure they are programmed and have fresh batteries.  It is not too late to prepare for severe weather.  You can pick up a Midland First Alert Weather Radio at participating Walgreens.  Click this link for more details.

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