Showers possible Thursday as front approaches; severe threat abates
Posted April 29
Updated May 1
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.