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Strong storms possible before cooler temps

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A pair of lighting bolts strike the ground in western North Carolina. (FOX Carolina iWitness masterpriester) A pair of lighting bolts strike the ground in western North Carolina. (FOX Carolina iWitness masterpriester)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A few strong storms are possible Tuesday evening before much cooler air glides into the western Carolinas, said FOX Carolina chief meteorologist Kendra Kent.

Kent said scattered showers and storms will dot FOX Radar 3D through Wednesday afternoon as a cold front slides through the region. She said the best chance for severe weather will be south of Interstate 85, especially in the Midlands and coastal areas of South Carolina. She said the main threats with thunderstorms that develop will be heavy rain and frequent lightning.

The rain is badly needed. Most of the Upstate was listed in severe drought Tuesday, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The National Weather Service reported that rainfall levels were nearly 5 inches below normal for the year in Greenville, and 2.4 inches below normal for the year in Asheville.

Much cooler air will settle into the western Carolinas by Thursday, Kent said.

"Overnight lows will be back in the 40s for the mountains and low 50s in the Upstate, while days will be pleasant - in the 60s and 70s," Kent said.

In addition to the lower temperatures, the humidity will also decrease, Kent said.

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