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      Rain and storms likely as cold front pushes east

      Tornado threat from the Storm Prediction Center.

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) -- An approaching cold front will bring the threat of rain and storms to the Midlands for Wednesday.

      Tuesday was thankfully a slow day across South Carolina, weather wise. However, a cold front will push closer to the state on Wednesday and will pass by overnight.

      This will lead to an elevated risk of severe storms with the way the atmosphere is setup. We should see a few storms start to bubble up with the daytime heating Wednesday, plus ongoing storms making their way into the state along and ahead of the cold front.

      The big thing to watch out for is any storms that become discrete and ahead of any line that forms. Those storms are the ones that can begin rotating more easily. Of course, the storms that form a line can also produce tornadoes.

      To sum things up, after starting at 40% during the morning hours, the rain and storm chances go up to 80% this afternoon and into the evening for the Midlands.

      We are hoping the clouds and an ongoing system of storms along the Florida panhandle will limit severe potential Wednesday. It kind of acts like an atmospheric ??block.??

      In the mean time, we want you to be weather ready just in case we see severe weather.

      Here are some helpful links for you:

      -Items for a storm preparedness kit

      -WACH Fox Mobile App

      -Streaming LIVE weather coverage will be here

      Feel free to send us weather pictures (if you can do it safely) by using #SkyWACH.