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Storm threat abates as 'stellar' weekend starts

Posted May 23
Updated May 24

7-Day Forecast

— The chance of severe thunderstorms was diminishing Friday evening across central North Carolina as  a three-day holiday weekend got underway.

A severe thunderstorm watch that was in effect for Wake, Wilson, Harnett, Edgecombe and Nash counties was canceled about 5 p.m. Counties to the south and east of the Triangle remain under a watch until 9 p.m.

"Even if you're in that watch area, I would go ahead with outdoor plans," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. "Just keep an eye on things."

As the passing coldfront clears, cooler, drier air will set up shop. Saturday morning will be noticeably cooler, and daytime highs over the weekend will be in the low to mid-80s. Overnight lows will dip into the 50s both Saturday and Sunday morning.

"Things are definitely looking up, and the weekend is going to be stellar," Fishel said.

Memorial Day could include a scattered thunderstorm, but much of central North Carolina will stay dry as temperatures head back into the upper 80s.

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  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 23, 7:41 p.m.

    Darn!!!
    Well, ok - they can keep the "severe" part, but rain would have been nice.
    It seems like all of nature takes a deep relaxing breath after a nice rain. sigh

  • Obamacare returns again May 23, 4:53 p.m.

    I'm still waiting for the event to start. The radar doesn't show anything in NC, so I guess it's... View More

    — Posted by tobywilliamson1973

    Agreed. This is pretty laughable. It's wall to wall sunshine out there and has been all day.

    The drought is underway folks. We might get some rain by the end of June according to my predictions.

  • tobywilliamson1973 May 23, 4:42 p.m.

    I'm still waiting for the event to start. The radar doesn't show anything in NC, so I guess it's going to be another busted forecast. Guess I'll drag the irrigation pipes out this evening.

  • Obamacare returns again May 23, 1:11 p.m.

    A severe t-storm watch for scattered sprinkles? What the....??