Heavy Rain Tonight to Be Followed by 'Bitter' Cold Winds

Posted December 15, 2007
Updated February 29, 2016

— The Triangle can expect to get some heavy rain overnight Saturday, followed by strong wind gusts Sunday that could reach up to 55 mph, according to WRAL Meteorologist Kim Deaner.

Conservative estimates show the area getting about 1/2 to 1 inch of rain this weekend.

"It will certainly make a small dent [in the drought]," Deaner said, noting that the area is at the highest rain deficit this year.

Following the rain, residents can expect chilly temperatures thanks to strong wind gusts moving through the area, with the strongest winds coming between 2 and 10 p.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service has issued wind advisories for most of the state.

"Tomorrow is going to be bitter," Deaner said. "That wind's just going to rip us."

The area enjoyed some rain Saturday after seeing cloudy skies in the morning.

"[It] looks like we've got some moisture in motion that's going to coming into the area," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss said Saturday morning. "And we've got a pretty good chance at seeing some reasonable rainfall across the area tonight."

A storm system stretching from the central Plains states down to Texas was expected to move east and combine with a low pressure trough forming offshore Florida and southern Georgia to dump significant rain to North Carolina overnight Saturday.

That rain could be welcome news for North Carolina, where 78 of 100 counties were listed in exceptional drought conditions on Wednesday by the state Drought Management Advisory Council.

Raleigh had a rainfall deficit of 9.88 inches for the year by Saturday morning. The last time the capital city saw significant rainfall was Oct. 26, when 2.19 inches fell.

"We're closing in on 10 inches below normal for the year, but hopefully, we'll push that number back a little bit overnight," Moss said.


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  • GotSig Dec 16, 2007

    My family has been practicing a water conservation lifestyle for about 6 months now, and it is working well with two exceptions. Sometimes the security guard runs us out of the construction site before business is finished. Some contractors don't service their Port-A-Johns to save money. Rump sticks to fiberglass when it's cold. Okay, that's three exceptions, but relax when you flush. You can use mine. See pic.

  • Made In USA Dec 16, 2007

    Still raining in Apex this morning! Maybe Falls and Jordan will rise and shine a little now! You know...we almost had the right ingredients for one heck of a snowstorm with this rain. If it would have been another 5~10 degrees colder, we would have.

    And you guys Kim is wearing one heck of a ring on her left hand. She's taken. Doesn't surprise me either, and I'm gonna cool my comments about her looks. I'm sure her husband would appreciate it. Of coarse that won't change the fact that she is an excellent anchor!

  • Myword Dec 16, 2007

    Well, we have made up an inch and counting so far tonight...

  • Buford T. Justice Dec 15, 2007

    Kim is quite delicious.

  • Navy Vet Dec 15, 2007

    Rain? Who woulda thunk it?

  • inventor61 Dec 15, 2007

    They must have great weathermen at CNN because I heard over there what the temperature is going to be in 45 years. Maybe it's Al Gore, he seems to know everything.

  • Sherlockholmes Dec 15, 2007

    Let'er Blow !

  • Dismald Dec 15, 2007

    Hey Olga came thru after all!

  • Made In USA Dec 15, 2007

    Well Skywatch...I wish you had of included today in the power outages.

  • patriotsrevenge Dec 15, 2007

    Kim Deaner's HOT!!!!