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Clouds coming; storms possible Friday

Posted April 11, 2013

— Temperatures climbed into the 80s for the third straight day Thursday across central and eastern North Carolina, but clouds will filter into the area by the afternoon as a powerful cold front approaches the state. 

Storms associated with the front brought severe weather to the Midwest late Wednesday, spawning a possible tornado outside of St. Louis that prompted an emergency declaration from Missouri's governor. WRAL Severe Weather Get alerts in severe weather

"This front could bring us some severe weather during the early morning hours Friday," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Areas to the south and west of the Triangle have the best chance for severe storms, but we can't rule it out anywhere through lunchtime Friday."

Showers and sprinkles could reach central North Carolina Thursday evening, but the greatest chance for rain and storms will be overnight and into the morning, making for a wet commute Friday.

"The rain that comes through will knock some of the pollen down and wash it away, but it will be back with us this weekend and for the next several weeks," Gardner said. 

Highs Friday will top out in the upper 70s.

Clouds should begin to exit the Triangle by the afternoon hours, setting up a beautiful weekend with cooler temperatures and less humidity. 

Highs Saturday and Sunday should top out in the low 70s under mostly sunny skies. 

Temperatures will climb slowly back toward 80 degrees during the first half of next week, and the next chance for showers arrives Tuesday and Wednesday.

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  • caniac315 Apr 11, 1:47 p.m.

    I just want it to cool off again. AC not working and they can't get to it until 4/22.

  • shortcake53 Apr 11, 12:35 p.m.

    I am not objecting to getting rain, of course we need it. What we DONT need is for it to be blown out of proportion and hyped up to make a better news story. They make it sound as if there is no need to give the next days forcast because we will all be wiped out by the storm coming today, THATS what I object to. Call a normal spring storm just that, there is no need to deliberately overexaggerate it just for sensational purposes.

  • UpChuck Apr 11, 12:32 p.m.

    Drought? I ain't got time fo dat!

  • simplelogic Apr 11, 12:30 p.m.

    "I wouldn't be surprised if the storm system weakens as it heads east and we get nothing more than light drizzle around here. Seems to happen almost every time with these systems."

    Where were you two years ago? Or can't you remember that far back?

  • Obamacare rises Apr 11, 12:00 p.m.

    Let's not forget about the drought people. The rainfall totals these past few months have been nothing short of pathetic.

  • godshelper Apr 11, 11:57 a.m.

    "The mere mention of "severe" weather instantly puts me into panic mode. PLEASE, if its not truely a "severe" storm, dont hype it up. I know we need to be infomed, but its not necessary to scare the living daylights out of us."
    shortcake53
    I mean its not like they are predicting a hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina. It's that time of year like every year in the past they we will see an increased level of storm activity. Its quite common with the weather change being sporadic. Chill out.

  • Obamacare rises Apr 11, 11:57 a.m.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the storm system weakens as it heads east and we get nothing more than light drizzle around here. Seems to happen almost every time with these systems.

  • Cock a doodle doo Apr 11, 11:25 a.m.

    @ shortcake, storms are very small, they can't possibly predict each and every one. The best thing they can do is say the conditions are favorable or they are possible. All you have to do is look at the history of this front to see it has been destructive, and with as hot and humid as it is, and is cool as it is behind the front, the air masses don't come together friendly.

    I like being warned of potential despite what the usual yahoos on here say they'll just look out a window and be able to know what is coming 2 days later.

  • shortcake53 Apr 11, 11:09 a.m.

    The mere mention of "severe" weather instantly puts me into panic mode. PLEASE, if its not truely a "severe" storm, dont hype it up. I know we need to be infomed, but its not necessary to scare the living daylights out of us.

  • baldchip Apr 11, 9:49 a.m.

    Elizabeth said this morning that the biggest danger od severe weather would come overningt. This is good because the temps are cooler which means less fuel for severe thunderstorms.

    WE need the rain-once again, to get the water table higher!!