72 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2017-05-03 13:33:00
Updated: 2017-05-03 22:44:55
Posted May 3
Raleigh, N.C. — After beautiful weather Tuesday and Wednesday, the Triangle should prepare for a stormy end to the week.
"We've been talking about this storm for the last few days, but we really won't begin to see its impact until tomorrow night," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "After that, we have an interesting weekend in our forecast."
"While it was a beautiful day today," Gardner said. "There is a line of thunderstorms coming in."
Thursday will bring a few scattered showers, and by 9 p.m. the Triangle will start to see some significant rainfall.
Friday's morning commute will be wet, with a line of thunderstorms that could bring wind damage or hail.
WRALChief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said while extreme weather is a possibility, compared to last week's flooding, the Triangle and surrounding areas should not be concerned.
"The clouds will start to break up in the middle of the afternoon," Gardner said. "But there will be more rain moving in on Saturday to bring more isolated showers."
Gardner said a significant amount of rain will fall the next few days.
"We could easily get an inch of rain out of this system," Gardner said. "But there shouldn't be much flooding involved, and it won't be anything like we saw last week."
Fishel said Falls Lake could flood some, so responders will be aware and alert.
"There could be minor flooding compared to last week, and no buildings should be affected," Fishel said. "This would happen on Friday during this event."
Saturday will be a mix of clouds with lighter showers and temperatures in the 60s and 70s. After rain, Sunday will bring a clear and beautiful start to next week.
And while there will be sunshine, Gardner said Sunday and Monday temperatures will be chilly will lows in the 40s.