Windy and warmer weather will move in today with temperatures warming into the upper 60s to near 70. These temperatures will be more than 10 degrees above average. The main story for today is going to be a strong cold front moving through this afternoon and evening. Today is a WEATHER ALERT DAY with the potential for severe weather with these storms.

Rain will begin around lunchtime, but the strong line of storms wouldn’t be until 3 p.m. or so west of I-95 and 6 p.m. along the Grand Strand. These storms will have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts and quick spinup tornadoes.

Winds will be gusting between 20-30 mph throughout the day, but by the midafternoon there will be infrequent gusts between 40-60 mph. There is no hail threat, but rain totals will be between 0.5″and 1.0″.

The Storm Prediction Center has all of Horry County and portions of Florence and Marion counties under a 5% tornado risk, the rest of the viewing area is under a 2% tornado risk.

Skies will clear Thursday, and it will cool back down with highs in the 50s. The sunnier, seasonable weather will continue through the weekend.