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A Stormy Saturday Afternoon is Expected in Many Areas

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Thunderstorms capable of producing wind damage and small hail are expected across portions of South Carolina Saturday.

The activity will develop by mid-afternoon across the Midlands and Upstate regions as the atmosphere destabilizes during the warmest part of the day. More than one round of thunderstorm activity is possible in some areas through early evening.

The Storm Prediction Center has categorized areas near and west of Columbia and Rock Hill as having a “slight risk” (level 2 of 5) of severe weather on Saturday. A more “marginal risk” (level 1 out of 5) exists for areas further south and east toward the Atlantic Coast.

The threat for severe weather decreases after midnight when conditions stabilize thanks to the passage of a weak cold front.