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Showers arrive ahead of cold front Friday

Posted November 1, 2013

— A change in the weather blew in Friday for central North Carolina in the form of a breezy, gloomy, rainy day.

Showers blanketed the western part of the Triangle in the beginning of a march eastward that could see rain and even some thunderstorms through Friday evening and lingering into Saturday morning.

Thunderstorms could form any time after 3 p.m., and evening will be the prime time for those storms, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Some high school football games were played Thursday and others were re-scheduled to begin earlier Friday in an attempt to avoid bad weather. North Carolina State University canceled its homecoming parade on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh because of the rain.

"We don't expect any widespread severe weather," Gardner said, "but we are going to have to deal with rain, thunderstorms and some gusty winds as the front moves through."

Parts of the Triangle could get up to a half an inch of rain by day's end, with areas east of Raleigh having the best chance to see stronger showers and thunderstorms. 

Temperatures were in the mid-70s through mid-day, held in check by widespread clouds. 

Skies will begin to clear out overnight, and sunshine returns to the forecast on Saturday. High temperatures will top out near 70 degrees in the afternoon before taking a dive into the low 40s Saturday night. 

High temperatures will dip Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, hovering in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees. 

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 1, 7:30 p.m.

    Geez Louise - "I hope this thing doesn't get stuck off the coast like the last ones and give us another cloudy, wet weekend."

    I LOVE rain, but God can keep the thunder, lightning, high winds, hail, etc. etc. etc.

    Not that He ever checks with me before sending it. LOL

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 1, 7:29 p.m.

    Love this rain, lovely drenching rains without high winds, hail, lightning, etc.

    Love it!!!

  • boolittlek Nov 1, 4:47 p.m.

    I went to the doctor on Monday and was diagnosed with shingles, so I'm more than happy to stay huddled inside away from the rain and the cold. I'll take that extra hour of sleep this weekend, too.

  • Geez Louise Nov 1, 4:39 p.m.

    Ugh, despite what the weather forecast says, I hope this thing doesn't get stuck off the coast like the last ones and give us another cloudy, wet weekend.

  • Dr Sanchez Nov 1, 2:54 p.m.

    The NC State Homecoming Parade has been cancelled so traffic will be moving along Hillsborough St.

    Also, I just had my landscapers plug and put down grass seed yesterday, so this rain is perfect!

  • piesrxgirl Nov 1, 2:47 p.m.

    IWontVote......

    "Is this Bentonville, Arkansas?

    Cause if so, I think these storms were there two days ago and are past that now."

    Must not be from NC, Camp Tuscarora near Bentonville Battleground on Harper House Rd

  • simplelogic Nov 1, 2:41 p.m.

    Yes we could definitely use the rain. I hope we don't have any high winds - it would be a shame for the leaves to get blown off the trees now that they're starting to get really pretty.

  • 678devilish Nov 1, 2:34 p.m.

    We can use the rain, because its has been so dry. Plus if it do rain, I will not have to go to a football game tonight and sit in the rain. Bring on the rain!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 1, 2:22 p.m.

    Praying for all already affected and for all still in the paths of these storms.

  • simplelogic Nov 1, 2:22 p.m.

    "Well, good thing I forgot the umbrella as there's been 0.001" of rain from this 'storm' here in RTP."

    Were you expecting a "storm" in RTP this early? If you read the article, the rain isn't expected to get here until later this afternoon and evening. From the current radar, looks about right.

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