Showers to pick up as weekend begins

Posted March 28, 2014

— Temperatures climbed into the upper 60s under cloudy skies Friday. Those clouds will open up with showers of increasing intensity through the evening, according to WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson, and Saturday could see some thunderstorms and high winds.

"It will be cloudy tonight but remain mild," Johnson said. "We are seeing some hit-and-miss showers even before the sun has set."

Rain chances increase through the evening, and rain could be heavy through Saturday morning, Johnson said.

A bigger area of moisture will push into the Triangle ahead of a strong cold front Saturday, and rain is likely throughout the day.

"This cold front is going to have a fairly big impact on us Saturday. It's going to be a soaker of a day," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

After a lull in the precipitation, the front will change mild showers to thunderstorms late Saturday afternoon and into the evening.

"We're in an elevated risk," Johnson said. "The biggest threat from any strong thunderstorms will be straight-line winds."

The National Weather Service said the best chance for damage-producing storms will be between 2 and 8 p.m.

By the time the front and moisture move out of the area on Sunday, some places could have accumulated 1.5 to 2 inches of rain.

Highs Sunday will retreat into the 50s, but beautiful weather is on tap for the beginning and middle of next week.

"We're going to be in the upper 60s and low 70s on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday," Gardner said.


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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Mar 28, 2014

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    It's already raining pretty good here in Northern Harnett.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Mar 28, 2014

    Downpour in Northern Harnett.

  • tobywilliamson1973 Mar 28, 2014

    Oh, now the showers are "to pick up" as the weekend begins. Brought my rain gear to work for nothing, again. Long sigh.

  • vincentwilliam794 Mar 28, 2014

    I sure hope not, severe weather worries me, even if I am prepared. Havent gotten all the water of my pool top yet.hope that dont turn out messy. going to be a long, long hot summer, and storms to boot I think

  • tobywilliamson1973 Mar 28, 2014

    I for one hope it doesn't rain. Enough already!! I may have my wish. It's going to go East of 95 looks like.

  • Lori Duke Mar 28, 2014
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    I wouldn't mind one bit if they are wrong about tomorrow. Severe weather sucks. :(

  • tobywilliamson1973 Mar 28, 2014

    Looks like the "noon rain event" is stuck in South Carolina. I figured the forecast would be off once again. Getting accustomed to these forecasts being wrong.

  • Obamacare returns again Mar 28, 2014

    If we even get so much as a sprinkle today, I'll be shocked. The radar looks bone dry today.

  • tobywilliamson1973 Mar 28, 2014

    "Showers likely", but not probably. We'll wait and see how this one pans out. Maybe it will wash more brime from the roadside, that is, IF it rains.