Evening severe storms unlikely as cold front moves through central NC

Posted May 12, 2015

— A cold front moving through central North Carolina could bring severe storms Tuesday evening.

"We can't absolutely rule out that there may be some redevelopment of activity until that front goes through, but it's not looking terribly likely," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

The highest chances of rain are in areas south and east of Raleigh, Fishel said.

"At this point, if I had outdoor plans, I would go on ahead with them," he said. "Keep an umbrella with you just in case but I think the vast majority of you will get through the evening rain free."

Downed trees, power outages and dime-sized hail was reported around Roanoke Rapids Tuesday afternoon as storms moved through the the northeastern part of the state.

Tuesday's above-average temperatures will be the warmest of the week, as a cool-down is coming behind the front. The normal high temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in mid-May is near 80 degrees, but May 15 is usually the first day the area sees 90s.

Once the front pushes through, the Triangle will clear out quickly and cool off by early Wednesday morning.

Sunshine will dominate through the second half of the work week, and high temperatures will be in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees through Friday. Overnight lows will be pleasant, too, dropping into the 50s the next several mornings.

"We'll wake up with mostly cloudy skies tomorrow morning," Fishel said. "it'll feel wonderful, it just won't be totally sunny. And as we head into the afternoon, the sunshine should become move and more dominant."

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  • Jeff Abbott May 12, 2015
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    "Updated 12 minutes ago"

    Once we realized there wasn't a cloud in the sky and no one will see even a drop of rain today.

    I sense a hot, dry summer and the drought conditions from years past returning in full force. Conserve water now folks before it's too late.