61 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2015-08-06 06:45:00
Updated: 2015-08-07 06:25:13
Posted August 6, 2015
Updated August 7, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Clouds moved through the Triangle Thursday night ahead of a system that will bring showers and the threat of thunderstorms through the end of the work week.
Any thunderstorms that form carry the risk of high winds, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.
Those same winds downed trees at the North Carolina Zoo Thursday afternoon, and the facility announced that it would be closed on Friday for clean-up.
Overnight, the bulk of the rain exited the area.
"The heart of the system bringing us this much-needed rain will be over our area on Friday. That makes for an ugly-looking day," Maze said.
Friday will be mainly cloudy and much cooler, Maze said, with the potential for another round of thunderstorms.
"We're looking at temperatures only in the upper 70s in the Triangle to about 80 degrees in Fayetteville for Friday," Maze said.
Some areas could see an inch or more of rain through Friday afternoon, WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.
As the front clears late Friday into Saturday, it will allow more pleasant air to filter into the area.
Abundant sunshine will combine with temperatures in the mid-80s on Saturday and Sunday, and the below-normal temperatures will linger through at least the middle of next week.
"This is August, and we're going to be in the 80s for the weekend and bulk of next week. And our morning lows will be in the 60s. I'm liking it," Wilmoth said.