Published: 2014-02-19 06:19:00
Updated: 2014-02-20 11:17:22
Posted February 19, 2014
Updated February 20, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Widespread rain fell before dawn Wednesday across much of central North Carolina, waking residents with rumbles of thunder and cracks of lightning from a fast-moving system.
“We have thunderstorms and a lot of them,” WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. “They’re moving from west to east. A lot are clustered south of Raleigh, but we’re seeing plenty of them in the Triangle area.”
Rain was to blame for at least one accident early Wednesday. Raleigh police said a school bus hydroplaned and came to rest in a ditch off Rock Quarry and Barwell roads. No students were injured.
The rain should clear by mid-morning, making way for the warmest day of the week. The high in Raleigh is expected to reach 72 degrees.
Rain may return in the late afternoon, Gardner said, but the showers will be “few and far between.”
Warm temperatures will persist for the rest of the week, with highs in the upper 60s. There is an elevated risk of severe weather on Friday. The greatest threat will be from straight-line wind damage. There's also the possibility of hail or even a tornado, Gardner said.
“It’s going to stay a little unsettled over the next week or so as we have these warm temperatures,” she said.