RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Wednesday is a SEVERE WEATHER ALERT DAY for central North Carolina as a cold front will bring rain, storms, and a chance of severe weather. 

The Storm Prediction Center shifted the severe threat further south and east in its latest outlook. A ‘Marginal Risk’, level 1 out of 5, now includes Wayne, Cumberland, and Sampson counties.

An isolated strong to severe storm is still possible, but the best chance for that will now be closer to the NC coast.

Everyone will see steady rain. The day will be wet and windy with embedded thunderstorms possible. The timing of the rain will be through midnight, tapering off from west to east.

Expect your drive home this evening to be a wet one.

Winds will be southwest between 15 to 20 miles per hour with wind gusts up to 30 mph. Rainfall amounts will be between .50″ and 1″ in central NC with localized higher amounts. 

Behind the cold front, cold air will move in and temperatures will fall back near normal, which is around 52 degrees. Friday will be the coldest day with highs in the 40s.