Isolated storms a possibility

Posted October 18, 2012

— A powerful cold front that spawned severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings across the nation's midsection Wednesday was making its way into North Carolina Thursday, bringing the chance for some storms in the Triangle. Radar Reflectivity iControl Interactive Doppler Radar

The risk for severe weather was originally forecast as elevated, but was downgraded Thursday afternoon after condition failed to ripen into widespread thunderstorms.

"There still is the outside chance that later this evening or overnight there could be one or two isolated strong to severe thunderstorms, but it certainly doesn't look like a big deal," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

Isolated, widely scattered storms sprinkled the area, starting around 3 p.m., but none of them turned severe. 

After a cool start, temperatures climbed into the mid-70s during the afternoon before clouds and moisture associated with the front rolled in. 

Rain chances will peak in the late evening and overnight hours and even lingering into the first half of the day Friday. 

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The front should clear the Triangle by the morning commute hours Friday, setting up a sunny afternoon and evening and "beautiful" weekend, said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. Highs Friday should climb into the upper 70s. 

Cool, dry air will filter into the Triangle once again behind the front, setting up back-to-back days of sunshine and temperatures near 70 degrees for the final two days of the NC State Fair. 

"The weekend and early next week looks exceptional," Gardner said. "We will be back up into the 80s by the early part of next week, so definitely above normal by then."


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  • djhartm Oct 18, 2012

    Good grief - what happened to the big headline; 'threat of severe weather'?!?

    We got a passing shower in South Raleigh.

  • FVHowler Oct 18, 2012

    The biggest gains in weather have been improving how we see weather happening at the moment. Obviously forcasting just few hours out, not to mention 5 days, is still an educated guess. Too many variables I suppose.

  • sicks Oct 18, 2012

    I know the weather changes quickly. But this morning they made it sound like the apocalypse was upon us.

  • shortcake53 Oct 18, 2012

    Quite a difference from the "severe storms" predicted this morning. I hate when they deliberatly try to scare everyone. Its just not necessary.

  • ndzapruder Oct 18, 2012

    Fantastic looking sky right now. Clouds of every color and type, backlit rainshafts, rainbows. Good stuff!

  • seven74215 Oct 18, 2012

    Is Elizabeth pregnant? Somebody told me several weeks back that she was. If so she's still managing to sport a very nice figure.

    Now on to the weather. If you're going out to the fair this afternoon just take a small umbrella. It's not that much of an inconvenience. Better to be prepared than to be sorry and thats pretty much what the forecasters do. Tell you the worst so that you can be prepared. Now whether you decide to listen to them or not...

  • baldchip Oct 18, 2012

    WE can always use the rain. Cleans out the air too!

  • jblake1932 Oct 18, 2012

    I like how they put "powerful" in parenthesis. Shows that our definition of "powerful" is not the same as out West. Our 1 inch of snow will get three hours of publicity compared to the Midwests' three foot.

  • Tarheel born Oct 18, 2012

    Probably a good time to revise this weather story to 'slight chance of storms' and 'weak cold front approaches'.

    Go to the Fair - nothing to worry about.....

  • romneycare Oct 18, 2012

    jblake1932 does what he/she does best!

    Goes to a weather article, just to complain... Well done sir. I expect to see you comment again when they mention about weekend Fair weather for sat/sunday.