Severe thunderstorms possible Saturday night to start rainy week

Posted May 20

— Saturday night should be stormy as a cold front comes into the Triangle, pushing out the day's high temperatures.

Expect a widespread severe storm outbreak, but a few isolated cells could produce locally strong wind gusts or heavy downpours.

"We do have the potential for some storms," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said. "And everyone is talking about the heat. We made it up to 90 at RDU for the first time this year on Saturday."

"But cooler air is coming in."


​Sunday won't be much different, with cooler temperatures in the 80s and a greater chance for rain.

"A big change in the temperatures thanks to a coupe of fronts that are going to be moving in," Wimoth said.

According to WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss, the possibility for thunderstorms and showers will continue into the work week ahead, and the threatening weather will likely stick around for days.

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The iffy weather proposes a risk to the many festivals happening in the Triangle on Sunday, including Artsplosure, Got to be NC Festival and Fest in the West just to name a few.

"Cooler weather is on the way. Looks like we'll be in the 70s for the next few days," Wilmoth said. "These cooler temperatures do have the potential for some rain throughout the week."

With a second cold front advancing through North Carolina from the west, unsettled weather is highly likely during the work week.

Weather will be cloudy and seasonably mild with scattered showers and thunderstorms.

"The thunderstorms brought in by the cold front on Monday and Tuesday also have the potential to be severe," Wilmoth said.


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