70 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2013-11-01 07:42:00
Updated: 2013-11-01 18:10:23
Posted November 1, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.