Storms march across Sandhills

Posted June 2, 2015

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— Cumberland, Harnett, Moore, Lee and Hoke counties were seeing heavy rain, thunder, lightning and winds of about 55 mph at 6 p.m. Tuesday as the latest band of storms marched across the Sandhills.

A stationary front over central North Carolina produced the reverse of a typical summer day Tuesday, according to WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

"Instead of warming through the day to build up to thundershowers in the afternoon, we got wet in the morning and sunnier this afternoon," he said.

Light but steady rain fell through Tuesday morning, the clouds parted for a muggy afternoon, and then showers and storms returned.

"Some evening storms are likely, then the chance decreases after dark and overnight," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Locally heavy downpours are possible, but the chance for widespread severe storms is only slight, Fishel said.

The clouds and early rain held temperatures a bit below normal; Tuesday topped out at only 80 degrees.

Wednesday will again be cloudy, rainy and even cooler but humid, Fishel said. Temperatures tomorrow and Thursday won't get out of the 70s.

"We expect an overcast sky through most of the day with a good chance of showers and perhaps some storms," Fishel said.

Warmer weather and more sunshine will return late in the week and for the weekend.


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