Showers clear for cooler weekend

Posted April 12, 2013

— A line of heavy rain and thunderstorms moved through central North Carolina early Friday, but much of the area avoided the severe weather that plagued the Midwest and Deep South in the last 48 hours.

Strong storms arrived in the Triangle about 5 a.m., and the heaviest precipitation began clearing Wake, Durham and Johnston counties about 8 a.m. Radar Reflectivity iControl Interactive Doppler Radar

Spotty showers continued through the early afternoon as temperatures pushed toward the 80-degree mark.

Skies had cleared by 4 p.m. as dry air filtered into the area, and overnight lows will dip to near 50 degrees.

The weekend will be beautiful, with highs climbing into the low 70s both Saturday and Sunday under mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will inch upward early next week, and the next chance for rain showers arrives Monday.


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  • LovemyPirates Apr 12, 2013

    Cooler weather please - it's too early to be 85F.

  • A_Patriot Apr 12, 2013

    What is it about the weather segment on WRAL? No matter the time of the newscast, they never deviate from the script... Ever.



    More news between a "headline" and "lighter fare".


    More news of a "lighter fare".

    Cute segue from the last report into a folksy dialogue with the weather person. The last report could be a litter of baboons being born and it would segue into the weather. "Boy, those baboon behinds aren't the only red out there - how 'bout that thermometer? It's hot outside!"


    "Wow so it's really going to be ____ for the next ___, huh? Thanks!"

    "Will an asteroid the size of Texas strike our planet? WRAL Science Editor ____ has the details when we return."

    Ford Truck commercial.

    and so on and so forth.


  • Cock a doodle doo Apr 12, 2013

    What irks me when I watch WRAL is that Elizabeth Gardner can say something and when she is back at the news desk and the anchors totally ask her something which she just said 1 minute earlier:

    "The rain should be through the triangle in the next half hour"

    "Thanks for the update on a stormy afternoon, we know you'll keep an eye on this stormy weather."


  • Obamacare survives Apr 12, 2013

    Front just came through Raleigh and we had a 90 second light shower.....enough to wet the pavement. lol

  • Billy the Kid Apr 12, 2013

    I was hoping for rain all day.

  • puggybelle Apr 12, 2013

    I'm guessing that the cold front just came through Sanford. Blinding rain, some wind - you'll definitely know it when you get it.

  • Cock a doodle doo Apr 12, 2013

    My 1st review of this morning's newscast hit a nerve. I'll try again. I got a good lol this morning when I saw Elizabeth saying the rain would be over soon but the next reporter they went live to was saying there was a chance of tornadoes throughout Friday? And then they went to other live reports of reporters standing out telling us it was sprinkling or raining lightly. At least Brian Mims did get to show us video of 1 lightning flash down in Fayetteville.

  • Hans Apr 12, 2013

    Looks like Armageddon was staved off once again. It might have rained for a minute or two there.