WEATHER ALERT DAY: Several inches of rain and gusty winds

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — Widespread rain began early this morning and it is going to be a washout. 2-3″ of rain is expected across the area, Winds will begin to calm this morning, but as the cold front gets closer this evening, the winds will quickly increase.

Take extra caution during the morning commute as roadways will be slick, but the evening commute will have worse conditions. By this evening, rain will have been occurring for more than 12 hours, and wind gusts will be in the 20s and 30s. Isolated wind gusts over 40 mph will be possible overnight as well.

The severe threat is a level 1/5. Last night, there were portions of the Pee Dee that were under a slight risk. The tornado risk is very low. 5% hail risk and 5% wind risk. There is a 15% chance of isolated flash flooding today. Rainfall totals will have to be at least 4.5″ which cannot be ruled out in isolated areas.

The cold front will be offshore just after midnight and it will be a sunny and cooler Tuesday and a normal Valentine’s Day on Wednesday with temperatures in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees.

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