5 NC counties are under alert, including Wake, Johnston, Wayne, and Wilson counties. Details
Published: 2014-04-08 05:19:00
Updated: 2014-04-08 12:05:51
Posted April 8, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A cold front that brought rain and severe weather to North Carolina to start the work week is expected to stall over the Coastal Plain Tuesday, keeping scattered showers and clouds in the forecast for another day.
Leftover showers and sprinkles could fall throughout the day Tuesday in the Triangle, although heavy precipitation isn't expected, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
"We're just dealing with the remnants of this system now. We could see some drizzle, maybe a light shower or two," she said. "We'll be breezy, too, and those southwesterly winds will help keep us warm."
The warm, moist air that mixed with the powerful cold front on Monday generated a tornado in Beaufort County. Weather researchers will seek to confirm the tornado strike and its path, length and force on Tuesday.
Triangle residents could see some breaks in the clouds Tuesday afternoon, but much of the area will remain partly to mostly cloudy through the evening. Highs Tuesday will climb back into the upper 60s, near normal for early April.
On Wednesday afternoon, an upper-level low pressure system could generate more sprinkles as it moves through North Carolina.
Despite the rain threat, parts of the area could see breaks in the clouds and some sun. Highs will once again be in the mid-60s.
Sunshine returns later in the work week, and temperatures will climb into the 70s for at least four consecutive days, including the weekend.
"We can certainly expect some mild conditions later in the week," Gardner said.
Overnight lows will also climb, hovering in the low 50s Thursday through Sunday.