Severe weather possible Friday evening; sun returns over weekend
Posted March 31
Updated April 2
Raleigh, N.C. — A pair of storms passed through the Triangle Friday afternoon, making way for possible severe weather during the evening hours.
The morning's storm pushed off to the south and east of Raleigh, bringing lighter rain than was expected.
A second wave of storms will roll through in the evening that will put most of eastern North Carolina under a marginal risk for severe weather.
WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said a cold front west of the Triangle and an area of thunderstorms in South Carolina will converge on central and eastern North Carolina Friday evening around 8 p.m.
"We’re still in a marginal risk, the very low end of the scale for strong-to-severe storms,” Maze said. “This will not be a widespread, severe event; we may not even have severe weather at all.”
Maze said damaging winds, and possibly hail, could accompany storms if they become severe in the Triangle.
“I think by the time they [thunderstorms] arrive, we’ll lose the heating of the day, so they’ll be weaker when they get here,” Maze said. “But still, there's a small potential—at least until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m.—that maybe one or two could become strong.”
Patchy showers will remain on Saturday morning until around noon. They will move out by midday to bring a brilliant weekend.
“Showers will linger overnight and into tomorrow morning," Maze said. "We have more energy in the upper atmosphere overnight, so that should develop even more rain, lasting until at least through noon tomorrow.”