Published: 2014-09-24 05:45:00
Updated: 2014-09-24 14:18:43
Posted September 24, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Steady showers were falling across central and eastern North Carolina Wednesday afternoon as an area of low pressure slides slowly up the coast.
Dreary conditions and cool temperatures are likely throughout the rest of the day, with the showers easing up from west to east as evening arrives, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.
Thanks to the clouds, rain and cool breeze, high temperatures on Wednesday will struggle to climb into the low 60s, about 15 to 20 degrees below normal for the final week of September.
"Don't underestimate how chilly it will be," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Dress warmly."
Rainfall chances will hover around 60 to 70 percent for the bulk of the day before backing down to 40 to 50 percent by the evening commute. Areas in and around Raleigh could end up seeing up to a half inch of rain, with the greater chances for heavy showers along and east of the Interstate 95 corridor.
Rain will transition to mist and drizzle late in the day Wednesday, but it will linger across the central part of the state through the morning hours Thursday, Gardner said.
Sunshine could begin to peek through the clouds by Thursday afternoon, helping push daytime highs back into the mid-70s.
More sun is on tap for Friday and the weekend, and highs could climb back into the low 80s on the final weekend of the month.