18 NC counties and 2 VA counties are under alert, including Johnston, Nash, Halifax, Edgecombe, and Mecklenburg, VA counties. Details
Published: 2015-03-19 06:38:25
Updated: 2015-03-19 06:38:25
Posted March 19, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Cool temperatures will mix with clouds and eventually rain Thursday across central and eastern North Carolina as a moisture-filled system makes its way into the state, WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.
Clouds settled over the Triangle during the early-morning hours Thursday, and rain chances will increase throughout the afternoon and into the evening.
"The rain is showing up on the radar this morning, but a lot of that isn't reaching the ground quite yet," Wilmoth said. "Light sprinkles are possible across the area, and we'll start to see rain spreading over the area from the south and west. By this afternoon, our chances will really go up."
Parts of the area could see more than a half an inch before the system moves out.
Daytime highs will be in the low 50s, about 30 degrees colder than they were on Tuesday and about 10 degrees below normal for mid-March.
The rain will linger across the area overnight and through the first half of the day Friday, eventually coming to an end by the afternoon. Highs will once again be in the 50s on the final day of the work week, but the system's exit will allow warmer air to arrive for the weekend.
"We'll begin to dry out for the weekend, and by Friday evening we should all be dry," Wilmoth said.
Cooler highs in the upper 40s and low 50s will return on Monday and Tuesday, and overnight lows could be in the mid-30s through the first part of next week. Average low temperatures for late March are in the low 40s.