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Possibility for Severe Weather Threat Looms Over State

Daniel Prince

Union County at marginal risk for severe weather today, slight risk for tomorrow

The weather is making the news the next couple of days, as the area braces for possible severe thunderstorms today and tomorrow. The SC State Climate Office sent out a weather alert stating that the National Weather Service has placed the entire state at risk of severe weather, with the greatest risk, level 3, in the southern part of the state today. The Midlands have a slight risk, or risk level 2. The Northern Upstate, including Union County, is under a marginal, or level 1 risk. A storm system will move through the area this afternoon and evening during the warmest and unstable part of the day. Ahead of the storm will be a surge of warmth and moisture, which will result in widespread thunderstorms. Damaging winds are the primary concern, but an isolated tornado may be possible.

A cold front will move through the area Wednesday night through Thursday, leading to possible severe weather overnight Wednesday night. The timing of the event is less favorable for severe weather, but there is still potential. The greatest risk is in the western Upstate, which is under a risk level 3. The rest of the Upstate, Midlands, and southern part of the coast are under a slight risk, or risk level 2. The storms are expected to consolidate into a line while passing through Georgia Wednesday night. The greatest risk will again be damaging winds, but again, the potential exists for an isolated tornado, as well.

After the storms, the area will experience another round of colder weather in time for the weekend, with highs in the 50s and 60s and lows in the 30s and 40s, with the potential to see widespread frost early Sunday morning.

WBCU will be watching the weather and will bring you the latest throughout the day. We will provide updates on our Facebook page as needed, and if live severe storm coverage is needed, we will have that on air, as well.

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