Front brings chance of rain to central NC

Posted May 5, 2014

— A “backdoor” front that is sliding in from Virginia will stall over central North Carolina on Monday, bringing a chance of showers and thunderstorms for areas north and east of Raleigh.

“These thunderstorms along that front may have a hard time firing up,” WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. “But if they do fire up, they have the potential to produce some isolated, severe weather.”

Skies over Rocky Mount, Tarboro, South Hill, Henderson, Roxboro and Roanoke Rapids will become increasingly cloudy in the afternoon, so thunderstorms will be possible. Temperatures will be cooler closer to the front and warmer south of the Triangle.

“This is not going to be a big rainmaker for us,” Elizabeth Gardner said.

There’s a 15 to 20 percent chance of rain Monday in the Triangle.

The region will wake up to cloud cover Tuesday morning, and the chance of rain will persist into the afternoon.

Temperatures will stay well above 70 degrees this week, with highs spiking into the 80s most days. The expected high for Thursday is 89 degrees.

“If we hit 89, that will be the warmest day so far this year,” Gardner said.


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