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Holiday travel alert, strong storms on the way

By Ellen Bacca
Published On: Dec 20 2012 05:06:48 AM CST
Updated On: Dec 20 2012 05:42:35 AM CST
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EASTERN N.C. -

Thursday will start off sunny and mild but thunderstorms are on the way.

Right now a powerful storm system is tracking across the US dumping snow in the north and spinning up damaging winds in the south. This storm system will arrive here in Eastern North Carolina overnight Thursday into Friday.

As of Thursday morning, wind looked to be strong enough to spawn a few strong to severe thunderstorms and even an isolated tornado. The time frame for the most severe weather is the overnight hours from about midnight to 5a.m., Thursday into Friday. 

After storms pass over the area Thursday night, our temperatures will take a tumble for Friday. Expect day time highs close to 48 degrees with lingering clouds and a pop up afternoon shower or thunderstorm.

Temperatures will stay cool, but climb some towards your holiday. For Christmas Day, expect partly sunny skies and a high of 62.

StormTrack 12 Meteorologists will continue to alert you the the threat of potentially severe weather.