Published: 2014-05-30 06:42:42
Updated: 2014-05-30 06:42:42
Posted May 30, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A stalled cold front will keep much of North Carolina cloudy on the final day of the work week, and south-central parts of the state could see scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening.
Despite the dreary close to the week, the weekend will be sunny and pleasant, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
"We're going to have a really pretty weekend, but we just have to get our stalled front out of here," she said. "That won't quite happen today, and that is why we're going to have a chance for showers and thunderstorms from the Triangle south."
High temperatures will climb to 80 degrees Friday afternoon, and that daytime heating will fuel pop-up showers and storms by mid-afternoon.
The Triangle has a 20 to 30 percent chance of rain, while Fayetteville and other southern counties have a 50 to 60 percent chance of a shower or storm.
"Areas north of the Triangle could actually see some clearing this afternoon, so by the evening commute we could have a wide range of conditions across our viewing area," Gardner said.
No severe weather is expected Friday, although thunderstorms could produce locally heavy rain and strong winds.
Skies will begin to clear overnight Friday as temperatures dip into the mid-50s, and sunshine will be back Saturday to warm temperatures into the low 80s.
Highs Sunday will be in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees.
"Enjoy the great weekend weather, because we'll be hot again by the middle of next week," Gardner said.