Rising temperatures bring unstable Christmas Eve

Posted December 23, 2014
Updated December 24, 2014

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— White Christmas? Nah. But thunderstorms to jostle Santa's sleigh? We've got that in North Carolina.

Temperatures rose through the night and into Wednesday morning, bringing gusty winds, showers and thunderstorms for the eastern half of the state throughout the day and into the night.

The next front won't get to the Triangle until after midnight, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. 

"It is likely our weather will remain unsettled all day and into the night. While the risk of severe storms is not high, one or two isolated severe storms cannot be ruled out," he said.

The rainy weather was to blame for some localized flooding and traffic tie-ups around the Triangle early Wednesday. In Raleigh, a deluged retaining wall collapsed behind a store on Bickett Boulevard.

Wednesday will be warm. High temperatures could reach 70 degrees, and the mercury will only dip to about 50 for sunrise service on Christmas Day. 

Thursday begins a stretch of pleasant, temperate days during which the sun will peek through and highs will hover in the high-50s.


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