Wind Advisory tomorrow; Warmer weather arrives ahead of Thursday storm

A midweek warmup will see temperatures climb into the 50s and 60s over the next two days before a strong cold front brings a storm system into the region Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Today will be mostly sunny, with highs around 43 degrees. Overnight, it will be breezy, with a few more clouds and a low around 35 degrees.

The NWS issued a Wind Advisory from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday due to sustained winds of up to 22 mph and gusts as high as 45 mph. Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects and knock down tree limbs, which could cause power outages.

The high will be around 59 degrees Wednesday. Clouds will increase during the day for mostly cloudy skies by the evening. The overnight low will still be far above average, around 50 degrees.

The storm is expected to start early Thursday morning, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall. A thunderstorm is possible after 3 p.m. Heavier rain could cause some flooding, and the NWS said 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible.

During the day on Thursday it will also be warm and windy, with highs around 60 degrees, sustained winds around 17 mph and gusts around 36 mph.

Thursday night will still be windy, and then cold air will follow behind it, changing the rain into snow. Temperatures will plummet to a low around 20 degrees. About half an inch of snow will be possible, the NWS said.

Snow chances will drop after midnight, but the NWS predicted there will still be a slight chance until dawn Friday as clouds start to decrease.

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