A cold front slowly approaching the area from the west is expected to create showers, some thunderstorms and possibly isolated severe weather, said Steve Pfaff with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C.
The primary threat is damaging wind gusts, but Pfaff said an isolated tornado is possible.
Most of the shower and thunderstorm activity will affect the Pee Dee and Lumberton areas Friday night before arriving on the coast early Saturday morning.
Heavy rainfall is possible with totals ranging between 1 and 1.5 inches through Saturday morning.
Winds will range between 15 and 25 mph with gusts between 35 and 40 mph, especially closer to the coast overnight, Pfaff said.
A small craft advisory is in effect for coastal waters.