Friday dawns windy, wet in NC

Posted February 7, 2013

— Steady rains and increasing winds arrived Thursday evening in the Triangle and could impact the Friday morning commute. 

The swath of showers was expected to cover central North Carolina through the night and into Friday, said Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

"With a northeast wind at 10 to 20 mph and a driving rain, it will be downright nasty overnight," he said.

The same storm system brought a blizzard warning for New York City, the Connecticut suburbs and the Boston area where the forecast called for snow measured in feet rather than inches.

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The Triangle won't get any of that white stuff, Fishel said, but could see up to an inch of rain.

"No thunderstorms are in our forecast, but the coastal areas could see them and some could become strong after midnight," Fishel said.

The winds will gradually get stronger through the night and some areas east of the Triangle could see gusts of up to 30 mph Friday morning, Fishel said.

The low pressure will track northeast out of the Carolinas and toward New England. The snow was forecast to start Friday morning, with the heaviest amounts dumped on the region that night and into Saturday as the storm moves past New England and upstate New York, the National Weather Service said.

After the rain clouds clear, Saturday looks to be sunny but breezy with temperatures rising into the mid-50s.


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  • liskm Feb 7, 2013

    Looking forward to some rain here to help get our water tables up from the migration drain(0).

  • Cock a doodle doo Feb 7, 2013

    I don't know why this is even a new story? The Yankees make it clear it's no big deal.

  • djofraleigh Feb 7, 2013

    I like that Boston mayor's take charge, take-it-serious attitude and stay off the streets order.

  • djofraleigh Feb 7, 2013

    How much federal emergency money is New England going to ask for after this storm? They wanted 50 billion after Sandy from the rest of the nation, which is way beyond reasonable storm damage repair.

    Remember the vast flooding of Floyd in 1999 down east and how much they got. Maybe the north will have more sympathy after southern hurricanes next time, but neither should abuse emergency funds requests, political payback or not.

  • discowhale Feb 7, 2013

    It's a weather story, but WRAL managed to work in AAC b'ball anyway. I can see it now...

    ...this just in to the WRAL news desk, the sky is splitting open, the Second Coming is real and it upon us, but FIRST, a recap of last nights State vs Duke basketball game!!!

    Seriously? You know there are people in the world who want to read about the WEATHER in a WEATHER story Mr. or Ms. Editor! And just because we live in NC doesn't mean we're basketball fans, college sports fans or sports fans at all. It's not mandatory, as much as it might seem to some people, to mention the ACC in every story, regardless of the tenuous connection to the actual story.

    Oh yeah, really?

    Well so are YOU!

  • busyb97 Feb 7, 2013

    Glad we are just getting rain. If we were colder, this would be a big one! Storms that come up from the south are always big snow/ice makers for us!

  • redwolfone Feb 7, 2013

    "Hey Boston Wanna trade? I would like to make at least one SNOWMAN that is taller than 3 inches.."
    Keep this mess up North. I hate the cold. I can not wait for those dog days of summer...OH YEA!

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Feb 7, 2013

    Sure wish I had a tin roof tonight...

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Feb 7, 2013

    Hey Boston
    Wanna trade?
    I would like to make at least one SNOWMAN that is taller than 3 inches..

  • Obamacare rises Feb 7, 2013

    Most, if not all of this rain will occur overnight, so I really don't see an issue on the roadways.