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Submitted by Tim Buckley on Wed, 01/30/2013 - 8:41am.
I'm watching a strong cold front pushing into North Carolina tonight will bring about rapid changes in our weather. High winds and severe thunderstorms are a concern; particularly this evening and into the overnight period.
For us in Southeastern North Carolina, the day will actually be pretty nice! Sunny skies and balmy temperatures that will quickly warm into the 70's. Sunshine will last through the afternoon, but winds will begin to pick up quickly. Sustained winds of 20-25 mph with gusts close to 40 mph are possible before sunset. This happens because of the huge difference setting up between our warm air in place and cold air to the west.
By the evening, we need to start watching things more closely. The front will begin to march across the state at this time - moving into our area just before midnight. At this time it could carry strong to severe thunderstorms with damaging winds up to 60 mph possible. Even outside of any thunderstorms winds will be very high with gusts regularly over 40-50 mph. For our area, tornadoes do not appear likely, but still be very alert with a severe weather plan in place - and make sure you have a way to receive warnings.
Thanks for reading. Get ready for those high winds!
By: Tim Buckley