High winds blow into Triangle

Posted December 19, 2012
Updated December 20, 2012

— A massive storm system plowing through the nation's midsection brought showers and powerful wind gusts to central North Carolina Thursday night, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

"Our weather is really a tale of two parts," Fishel said.

Thursday evening saw rainfall across the viewing area, as well as damaging wind gusts up to 33 mph in Raleigh and 37 mph in Fayetteville. But the chance for severe weather such as that seen to the west was only slight.

"Winds tomorrow could gust even higher than this," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze. "Futurecast is showing the rain shifting to the east, by midnight it should be along the I-95 corridor. Well after midnight, we'll see clearing take place and by daybreak, we're looking at some cooler weather."

The temperature forecast for Friday is for highs in the 40s, but the winds will make it feel even more bitter.

The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for most of the Triangle through Friday evening.

Strong wind contributed to tens of thousands of power outages in Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska. Utilities reported more than 33,000 customers without power in the Des Moines area, more than 36,000 outages in eastern Nebraska and more than 41,000 without power in Arkansas, where thunderstorms took out lines. Smaller outages were reported in Alabama, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Louisiana. 

Chicago commuters began Thursday with heavy fog and cold, driving rain, and forecasters said snow would hit the Midwestern metropolis by mid-afternoon. Officials at O'Hare International Airport reported some flight delays and more than 90 cancellations. United Airlines said it would waive change fees for travelers who have to change their plans for travel through O'Hare because of the storm.

American Airlines reported 120 cancellations in Dallas because of thunderstorms there. There also were delays, most involving smaller regional planes that have more flight restrictions, spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said.

No snow in sight

Those in the Triangle with dreams of a white Christmas will be disappointed, Fishel said. The holiday forecast calls for overcast skies and a mild day, with temperatures in the 50s. There is no snow in the forecast for Raleigh for as far as the forecast models can see.


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  • yukonjohn3 Dec 20, 2012

    Here is a link to Downtown Fairbanks. It is warmer there than here, it is a balmy 42 below there!!

  • yukonjohn3 Dec 20, 2012

    We have been at more than 50 below zero all day!! It started out at -53 and warmed up to almost -50 late this afternoon. We are even wondering how cold it might get in the long, long night ahead. After today, YIPEEEE!!! Everyone in the northern hemisphere will be gaining daylight!! Hope ya'll don't get too bad of storms.

  • whatdidusay Dec 20, 2012

    Not going to be a good hair day tomorrow when we meet our maker

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 20, 2012

    It gonna be cold tomorrow, and windy, and Sunshine and, and I'm gonna stay home.

  • whyalltheproblems Dec 20, 2012

    anyone catch CBS's morning show this morning? Greg Fishel was on the "Your world in 90 seconds" clip :)

  • jblake1932 Dec 20, 2012

    ah,yea. whatever.

  • Uhavenoclu Dec 20, 2012

    The world as we knew it ended years ago. Bye bye freedom

  • kikinc Dec 20, 2012

    "It's the end of the world as we know it!"

    And I feel fine!

  • injameswetrust2003 Dec 20, 2012

    Why can't the map colors match the color key at the top of the map? Come on, Giggles. Can't we look at that?

  • Skywatch_NC Dec 20, 2012

    Those Mayans are really silly ...trying to predict at exactly when the world will end! lol