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Cooler temps, rain chance lingers after severe storms abate

Posted May 11
Updated May 12

— Cool temperatures filtered into central North Carolina the day after severe storms blew through, taking down trees and knocking out power to thousands of customers.

A cold front that sunk from Virginia toward South Carolina overnight is the force behind the cooler weather, but it also helped fire up some of the severe storms.

"That front will be near the South Carolina line today, and that has opened the door to the cool temperatures coming in, and pushed all the warm air down to the south," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Temperatures around noon were in the mid-50s on Friday while the Triangle sat under a blanket of clouds.

The threat for severe weather is gone, but the chance of rain lingers into the weekend. The chance of rain rises slowly throughout the day, peaking after dinner time.

Gardner said the rain could move into counties east of the Triangle as early at 8 p.m. and into Raleigh around 9 p.m.

"Later on tonight, (there's) a 70 percent chance of rain," Gardner said. "That's when we'll have our best shot of seeing showers across the area—tonight and into early tomorrow."

The chance for rain on Saturday remains around 50 percent for much of the day, Gardner said. But the threat of rain abates in the evening, just in time for Star Wars Night at the Durham Bulls game.

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