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Rain moves into Triangle; strong storms unlikely

Posted 6:03 a.m. Wednesday
Updated 5:22 p.m. Wednesday

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— A band of storms that brought relief to Tennessee is making its way toward the Triangle, but is unlikely to produce severe weather.

A band of rain rolled over the Triangle overnight, but all that remained on Wednesday morning was patchy, light rain and damp roads. More rain is coming over the mountains, though, that will reach the Triangle by dinner time.

WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said that although the band of rain moving in brought severe weather to other parts of the country Wednesday afternoon, the line will weaken by time it reaches Raleigh. That, in combination with the loss of the day's heat, means the region is more likely to see showers than storms.

"We're not looking for strong storms. We may see some [isolated thunder] storms and some showers, but I don't think it's going ot be all that bad," Maze said.

Despite that, the region remains under a marginal risk for severe weather and there could be strong wind gusts as the system moves through.

The rain is expected to move out by about midnight, with the exception of some lingering sprinkles.

Wednesday's high temperature of 77 tied the record high for the date, but Thursday will be cooler, with temperatures in the 60s, and sunny for the annual WRAL Tower Lighting.

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