Published: 2013-09-20 07:17:58
Updated: 2013-09-20 07:17:58
Posted September 20, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — A cold front marching toward North Carolina sped up late Thursday in the Midwest, pushing up a window for weekend rain showers and thunderstorms up by about 24 hours, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
Light rainfall was falling in parts of the Triangle early Friday thanks to a warm front parked over the central part of the state, and the wet conditions will hold fast through at least early Sunday.
"We're going to need the rain gear all day today and Saturday," Gardner said. "For the final day of the work week, we could see light rain showers at any point. Nothing too heavy, but enough to keep the roads wet."
The rain will also impact local high school football games, although no thunderstorms are expected. The dreary conditions will help keep temperatures in the upper 70s during the afternoon.
On Saturday, a large area of rain associated with the approaching front will move into the state by lunchtime. Heavier showers and thunderstorms are possible all afternoon, Gardner said.
"Our rain chances will skyrocket by lunchtime and into the afternoon," she said. "We could see some heavy rain at times, and thunderstorms are possible. It won't be the best day to have outdoor plans."
Skies will begin clearing Sunday morning, and sunshine could return for the final few hours of the weekend. Daytime highs Saturday and Sunday will hover in the upper 70s, and overnight lows will dip to near 60 degrees.
Sunshine will return on Monday, and temperatures will rebound into the low 80s for several consecutive days.