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Submitted by Tim Buckley on Tue, 01/29/2013 - 10:18am.
January warmth often comes at a cost, and we'll be liable to pay up tomorrow night. A strong cold front will be plowing across the Carolinas, and it will threaten the whole state with high winds and potentially damaging storms.
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Right now, warm air is firmly in control of the East Coast as high pressure sits offshore. However, farther to the west the Plains is a battleground between cold air to the north and warm air to the south. That region will face potentially severe thunderstorms today with a real threat for tornadoes as well.
This system will move quickly east as we head into tonight, and then take aim at the Carolinas tomorrow. For us, it will take a while for the front to actually arrive in the area. That means, we'll see almost a full day of sunshine and warm weather before the severe weather could strike. That doesn't mean we're out of the woods though.
What makes this system unique are the very high winds that will be traveling from south to north even outside of thunderstorms. By lunchtime tomorrow, sustained winds will likely be in the 20-30 mph range with gusts that could be as high as 40 mph. These winds should peak at 50 mph tomorrow evening as the front crosses, but could be much higher (60-80mph) in any thunderstorms that do form along the line.
Make sure you keep it with us throughout the day tomorrow for any watches and warnings as they are issued. As always, Jerry and I will be tracking it every step of the way.
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Thanks as always for reading.
By: Tim Buckley