EASTERN CAROLINA -

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for all of Eastern Carolina.

The Watch will last until 9 p.m. Friday. So far Friday afternoon, the storms have failed to fire over our area thanks to fairly dry air in the low to mid-levels of the atmosphere.

However, by 5 or 6 p.m. this evening, a pocket of cold air will be exiting the western North Carolina mountains and crossing our area along with a weak cold front. This could be the needed trigger to get an isolated storm or two developing over Eastern Carolina.

The main threat from any storm that does form will be from hail larger than 2 inches, heavy downpours, and wind gusts over 50 mph. While I can’t completely rule out a tornado, the needed ingredients to get these storms spinning and thus form a tornado are lacking.

That pocket of cold air loft will exit off the coast by midnight, ending our storm threat.