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Showers to arrive late Friday as weather pattern shifts

Posted November 15, 2013

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— Warmer temperatures returned to central and eastern North Carolina on Friday, but they were being accompanied by clouds instead of sunshine. 

Clouds will filter into the Triangle throughout the final day of the work week, and rain showers could arrive as early as the evening commute, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

High temperatures on Friday will top out in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees thanks to the clouds.

"We'll see a big change in our pattern from the last several days," Gardner said. "The high pressure system that has been controlling our weather is moving off the East Coast, and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is headed our way."

Rain chances will increase throughout the evening Friday, climbing to 70 percent after sunset. High school football fans headed to playoff games will need an umbrella, Gardner said. 

Light showers could continue to fall early in the day Saturday, but rainfall chances will diminish greatly by lunchtime. Much of the area will see grey skies as temperatures climb into the low 60s. 

Clouds will remain on Sunday as highs near 70 degrees, and by late evening more showers will arrive ahead of an approaching cold front. 

"We'll be very wet on Monday," Gardner said. "Some spots could see up to 1 inch of rain."

Temperatures will dive again behind the front, falling into the mid-50s by Tuesday and upper 40s by the middle of next week. Overnight lows will also plummet, falling into the low 30s by the middle of the work week.

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  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 15, 2:00 p.m.

    Thomas, how are your apple trees doing?

  • ThomasL Nov 15, 1:37 p.m.

    If they say it will be here at 5 it will start around 3!Just like those snow showers last year said they would start at 2 started at 10

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 15, 12:51 p.m.

    "There's a calm before the storm,
    I know
    It's been comin for some time.

    When it's over, so they say,
    It'll rain a sunny day,
    I know
    Shinin down like water.

    I want to know, have you ever seen the rain
    I want to know, have you ever seen the rain Comin down on a sunny day

    Yesterday, and days before, Sun is cold and rain is hard, I know Been that way for all my time."

  • starletta Nov 15, 12:23 p.m.

    "Long as I remember The rain been comin' down.
    Clouds of myst'ry pourin' Confusion on the ground.
    Good men through the ages, Tryin' to find the sun;
    And I wonder, Still I wonder, Who'll stop the rain."

    "I went down Virginia, Seekin' shelter from the storm.
    Caught up in the fable, I watched the tower grow.
    Five year plans and new deals, Wrapped in golden chains.
    And I wonder, Still I wonder Who'll stop the rain."

    "Heard the singers playin', How we cheered for more. The crowd had rushed together, Tryin' to keep warm. Still the rain kept pourin', Fallin' on my ears. And I wonder, Still I wonder Who'll stop the rain."

    CCR

  • carolinarox Nov 15, 12:06 p.m.

    "If the rain comes they run and hide their heads.
    They might as well be dead.
    If the rain comes, if the rain comes.
    When the sun shines they slip into the shade
    (When the sun shines down.)
    And sip their lemonade.
    (When the sun shines down.) When the sun shines, when the sun shines. Rain, I don't mind. Shine, the world looks fine. I can show you that when it starts to rain, (When the Rain comes down.) . . . The weather's fine" Lennon & McCartney

  • 3forme Nov 15, 11:47 a.m.

    Raindrops keep falling on my head...

  • Obamacare for one and all Nov 15, 9:40 a.m.

    Well, I love a rainy night
    It's such a beautiful sight
    I love to feel the rain on my face
    Taste the rain on my lips
    In the moonlight shadow,

    Showers washed all my cares away
    I wake up to a sunny day,

    'Cause I love a rainy night Yeah, I love a rainy night Well, I love a rainy night Well, I love a rainy night Ooh ooh

  • outsidelookingin Nov 15, 9:21 a.m.

    Well I love a rainy night; I love a rainy night.
    I love to hear the thunder;
    watch the lightning when it lights up the sky.
    You know it makes me feel good.
    - Eddie Rabbit

    Couldn't have said it better myself

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Nov 15, 8:36 a.m.

    Not going to complain...I will just listen to the rhythm of the falling rain and enjoy!!