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Severe weather possible Friday afternoon

December 29, 2018

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Unseasonably warm weather will bring with it the threat of severe weather Friday afternoon and the continued threat of rain through the weekend as a cold front passes through heading south.

Friday will be warm and breezy with showers and thunderstorms leading up to the possibility of strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon into this evening, according to a briefing issued by the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington, N.C.

The main hazard will be damaging wind gusts but forecasters cannot rule out a “stray tornado,” Rachel Gross, a forecaster with the office, wrote in the briefing.

The storm will drop 1-2 inches of rain across the Pee Dee with the higher amounts mostly west of Interstate 95.

Saturday’s forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of rain through the day with a 50 percent chance Saturday night.

A cold front moving south across the Pee Dee Sunday morning will stall across the Southeast and will keep a chance of rain in the forecast through at least the first of next week.

There is a 40 percent chance of rain Monday night and a 50 percent chance Tuesday.

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