WEATHER: Severe weather chances, breezy - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

WEATHER: Severe weather chances, breezy

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A vigorous line of showers and breezy thunderstorms will move toward us Wednesday night as a cold front pushes off the Atlantic coast.

Ahead of the line, windy conditions are expected throughout the day as winds will be howling.  The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory as sustained winds are expected to move into the 30 mph range with gusts into the 40s.  The line itself will arrive late Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. 

Fast moving showers and a few thunderstorms will move west to east first moving over Bladen and Columbus overnight, before moving into the heavily populated eastern edge of the area before dawn.

While strong straight line winds are the most likely issue, this system has produced spin up tornadoes as it has cut its way through Tennessee.  The Storm Prediction Center continues to hold parts of our area under the slight chance for severe weather.  Weather radios are a good idea as the cold front approaches.

Behind the front some cooler, but not cold, temperatures move in.  Highs will retreat to the upper 50s for Thursday with a reinforcing shot of cold air expected Friday sending temperatures into the 20s for Saturday morning.

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