WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Two major weather systems will join forces and zero in on the Carolinas tonight. A strong cold front to the west and a tropical area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico will set the stage for some possible severe weather.
Heading into this afternoon, the cold front crossing the Deep South will "pick up" this tropical low and send it northward. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will begin here in North Carolina this evening, lasting through the day on Wednesday.
Some of these thunderstorms could be severe with even a few isolated tornadoes. Strong wind in excess of 60 mph (mostly along the coasts) is the biggest threat. Outside of thunderstorms, heavy rain and localized flooding will be possible in tropical downpours.
Behind the storm, rapid clearing and cold air will move into the area - bringing crisp Fall weather.
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Weather Forecaster Asha Davé