EASTERN CAROLINA - Severe weather alerts will be rolling in this evening. A strong cold front with unseasonably chilly Canadian air is dropping in across the Ohio Valley. This will slam into the warm tropical-like weather that we have in place across Eastern Carolina, touching off strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon. The main threats we need to be alerted to include wind gusts in excess of 60 MPH that can cause damage, hail as large as one inch, and heavy tropical downpours causing minor flooding in poor drainage areas.
Storms will begin to develop along the I-95 corridor by early afternoon, and will move from west to east across our area late afternoon and early evening. These storms will reach the beaches after sunset.
The cold front will slowly make its way to the coast overnight tonight with strong storms continuing up until midnight. Even after that, east of Highway 17, heavy downpours will be possible overnight tonight and through the morning on Wednesday. By late Wednesday afternoon, the front will move off the coast, taking the heavy rain and clouds with it.
Much drier and cooler air will be in place for the second half of the work week. Make sure to stay with us here at NewsChannel 12 as we continue to alert you to severe weather danger.