Published: 2013-12-23 05:20:00
Updated: 2013-12-23 14:18:01
Posted December 23, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Cumberland and Sampson counties for about 15 minutes just before 2 p.m. The storm, capable of producing damaging winds up to 58 mph, crossed the area from southwest to northeast, and the alert was allowed to expire.
Over 1.6 inches of rain had Monday by 2 p.m. fallen at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. More than two inches had already fallen in South Hill, Va.
"We will continue to see showers steady, heavy at times," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "Maybe a couple of thunderstorms but likely not severe."
Along with the rain, temperatures are expected to dip into the 50s this evening. The chill will continue into Christmas Eve with the high reaching 49 degrees. Christmas Day will also be a cold one with 42 degrees as the expected high.
The colder weather is nearly 10 degrees below normal but such is to be expected this time of year, said Gardner, who explained that the only time of year when the temperature is steady is the summer.
The colder air is a change from the weekend where two record-breaking days of high temperatures allowed Christmas shoppers to don shorts and T-shirts. In Fayetteville Sunday, the National Weather Service reported a temperature of 81 degrees at 2:59 p.m.