24 NC counties and 2 VA counties are under alert, including Johnston, Wayne, Nash, Franklin, and Halifax counties. Details
Published: 2013-05-16 23:24:00
Updated: 2013-05-17 12:52:33
Posted May 16, 2013
Updated May 17, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — An upper-level low pressure system that brought devastating tornadoes to parts of Texas during the middle of the week will weaken before it arrives in the Triangle for the weekend, but WRAL meterologist Mike Maze says umbrellas won't be optional.
"This system is coming our way, but we're not expecting it to be severe when it arrives," Maze said. "There could be an isolated severe storm, but nothing like what the folks in Texas saw."
Still, showers and thunderstorms will dump plenty of rain on central North Carolina starting Saturday afternoon and lasting through Sunday. By Monday, some places could see 1 to 2 inches of rain.
"'Where's the umbrella?' You're going to be wondering that over the weekend because you're going to need it," Maze said.
Friday will be muggy before the wet, cooler weather settles in on Saturday. Temperatures were in the low 80s at noon and highs will once again be in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees in spots. Weekend highs will back down into the low 80s and even upper 70s.
"Shower chances increase, especially by Sunday, and the heat takes a break," Maze said. "Because of all the cloud cover and rain in our forecast, the bigger heat will back off."
Meanwhile, the Triangle got a taste of summer Thursday with sunny skies and highs in the mid 80s, and the mercury even climbed to 90 degrees in Fayetteville and Goldsboro.
The last time temperatures cracked the 90-degree mark was Sept. 6, 2012, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.