Severe storms possible Saturday

Posted January 9, 2014
Updated January 11, 2014

Doppler - Central NC

— Heavy rain fell throughout central North Carolina Friday evening, as a line of thunderstorms swept across the area, making way for a warmer, but stormy Saturday.

On Saturday, as highs climb close to the 70-degree mark, the Triangle will see the potential for some gusty winds and thunderstorms, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.  

Some of the storms could be severe, and the entire eastern half of North Carolina is under an elevated risk for heavy rain, potentially damaging winds, hail and even isolated tornadoes. Rain chances will increase through the morning Saturday, with the best chance for thunderstorms coming in the afternoon and evening.  

"It looks like these storms could certainly produce some strong gusty winds and heavy rain," Fishel said. "But we also have small risks for hail and tornadoes. And we could end up with 1 to 2 inches of rain in some areas by the end of the day. Be sure to keep an eye out on the radar during the day."

Sunday will be clear and cooler, as high temperatures return to the mid-50s under sunny skies.

"If you have a choice this weekend as to what day to head outside and do things, Sunday is the day to choose," Fishel said. "It will be cooler, but it will be sunny." 

Sunshine will stay put on Monday, and the next chance for rain showers arrives Tuesday.


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  • t0rnadochaser Jan 10, 2014

    I'm getting more worried about counties along and east of I-95 I think the weather team mentioned the larger threat for the coastal areas esp. The reason for this is a coastal warm front with warm, moist air has already worked its way inland ~100 miles. Even now the dewpoint in Goldsboro has risen to 59. Just 105 hours ago (Monday AM) Goldsboro read 15. And this is almost 24 hours before the most severe of the storms are expected (3 to 4pmish in Wayne county area is my current thinking.) In other words, any surface based cold air is already gone from Wayne county. Dewpoints will only rise and may even reach 65-66 degrees in Goldsboro by 3pm tomorrow. Any sunshine at all will bump instability up to over 1K J/kg which would be dangerous in the wind shear predicted at all levels. So the hopes for a lesser severe day are: lots of rain/cloud most of the afternoon/no sun, and that storms line up into a squall line immediately. Any isolated cell tomorrow will be supercellular, period

  • Mr. Hans Jan 10, 2014

    It's going to be the real deal!

  • t0rnadochaser Jan 10, 2014

    Hopefully CAPEs wont go higher than 700-800J/kg in tomorrow's environment, jees. If they were 2000+ we'd definately be taking major tornadoes. Still a pretty good threat for low-topped minisupercells? Maybe. Hopefully linear forcing comes quick on this one.

  • simplelogic Jan 10, 2014

    The TORCON for eastern NC has been raised to 4 for tomorrow...stay alert...