80 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2015-09-23 06:08:00
Updated: 2015-09-23 12:58:02
Posted September 23, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — While Wednesday marked the autumnal equinox, the official start of fall, the change in the weather that makes it feel real will come on Thursday, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
Wednesday will be on par with recent days, with high temperatures in the high 70s. Sun was peeking through the gathering clouds by mid-day.
"I don't think you will get wet today, although an isolated sprinkle or two wouldn't be impossible, mainly east of I-95 or so," Gardner said.
By Thursday, rain becomes likely and temperatures will only get to the high 60s.
A weather system with tropical characteristics, meaning rain clustered into bands, that has been off the Carolina coast will begin to back into the state, increasing rain chances.
"We'll see periods of rain, especially through the morning and mid-day hours," Gardner said. "Some of these could produce heavy rainfall."
The forecast estimates as much as three inches of rain will fall over the Triangle through Sunday.
The chance for rain at any given time is about 50 percent Thursday and the same for Friday and Saturday.
"It looks fairly wet for football, both on Friday night and Saturday," Gardner said.
"The rain may taper off by Sunday and Monday, but we won't see completely clear skies for quite awhile."