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Showers possible Thursday as front approaches; severe threat abates

Posted April 29, 2014
Updated May 1, 2014

Futurecast, 2 p.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014

— The cold front responsible for several days of unstable conditions and severe weather will push through central and eastern North Carolina Thursday, producing one more round of showers and thunderstorms on the first day of May.

Despite the continued wet pattern, however, the Triangle is not under an elevated risk to see damaging storms, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"The threat for severe weather on Thursday is very low in the Triangle," she said. "Chances are a bit higher east of the Interstate 95 corridor, but even east of our area, there is not elevated risk for severe weather."

The Triangle could see patchy showers during the afternoon, with rainfall totals ranging from a trace to a quarter of an inch.

Temperatures were in the upper 60s early Thursday across much of the area, and they will climb into the upper 70s during the afternoon.

Showers and thunderstorms could impact the afternoon and evening commute, although the greatest chance for rain showers is east of the Triangle in the Coastal Plain.

By Thursday evening, cooler, drier air will begin pushing into the region from west to east. Overnight lows will dip into the upper 40s early Friday.

"We'll see more sunshine on the final day of the work week, and it will be noticeably less humid," Gardner said.

Highs Friday will reach 70 degrees.

The weekend looks nice, as well, with highs in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees both Saturday and Sunday. It will be partly cloudy all weekend.

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  • Obamacare returns again May 1, 2014

    Okay WRAL......you can bury this article as there won't be any showers today.

  • Geez Louise May 1, 2014

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    --Good to know I'm not the only flip phone user. :-)

  • simplelogic May 1, 2014

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    Um...to inform people who may have just turned their tv on? But I agree - your recorded program is more important than keeping people safe, especially when YOU are not threatened.

  • long haul May 1, 2014

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    So I guess recording American Idol or whatever was on at the time is more important then keeping people informed of possible dangerous conditions heading there way. Not everybody turns on the TV at the same time so continuous coverage is the best option in my humble opinion. Maybe you can catch your show On Demand.

    Thanks WRAL

  • Obamacare returns again May 1, 2014

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    Futurecast may have been infected with a virus.

  • NCSU84 May 1, 2014

    As of now, 11:46am, sunny outside and cooler. I predict no more rain showers this week! Futurecast is wrong....

  • barbstillkickin May 1, 2014

    I would k just love to know why WRAL has to stay on the weather the entire time it is storming. If a tornado is heading in a direction then the people should take cover. We do not need to here over and over where the hook is. I mean I know people need to know if they are in danger but you know where it is headed so just say it and then get off the air. Come back every 15 minutes or during commercials and update. No one likes to record a show and find out it was not on because Fishel was.

  • injameswetrust2003 Apr 30, 2014

    Unfortunately, when "the sky is falling" is forecast and nothing happens, we tend to not take the next one seriously. Let's hope that doesn't happen.

  • nagreene Apr 30, 2014

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    Seriously??? So you want WRAL to give you a personal call? It is not WRAL's fault that you were sound asleep and couldn't hear the alarm. You may need to make other adjustments to your telephone in order to hear the alert.

  • tobywilliamson1973 Apr 30, 2014

    My flip phone has the vibrating option, but my wife uses it more than I. I may need to update to a smart phone and get my teenage son to show me how to use it, huh?

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