Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Transportation issued a travel alert Friday morning warning that the forecast for severe storms this afternoon could impede access in south Raleigh, where commuters will compete with those headed to the Rascal Flatts concert at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion. Music, comedy and football highlight our weekend Best Bets
Concerts at the venue usually generate back-ups along Interstate 40 at the Rock Quarry Road exit.
Rain and rushing water across roadways could create hazardous driving conditions.
Storms could begin to develop in the early afternoon hours and should be widespread by the evening commute.
The DOT reminded drivers to reduce speeds by a minimum of 10 mph and increase following distance. Between 2006 and 2012, rain or wet road surfaces was a factor in almost 200,000 crashes across the state and 972 deaths.