Thunderstorms could rumble through overnight

Posted March 21

— A change in the weather is coming after a warm, sunny Tuesday, and ahead of the cold front the Triangle area has a slight chance for severe weather.

Temperatures climbed to a near-record 82 degrees in downtown Raleigh Tuesday afternoon. By Wednesday, they'll only top out around 60.

In between comes the cold front, which could spark some showers and thunderstorms during the overnight hours, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

"It wouldn't be impossible for one of those thunderstorms to reach severe status," he added.

While the chance for widespread rain is limited, storms could start as early at 10 or 11 p.m., Fishel said, and that chance last until about dawn on Wednesday.

"Our main risk would be from hail and not from severe wind, or strong, gusty winds," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

The storms will likely stay to the south of Raleigh, but a small line of storms could move through overnight.

The high temperature dips to 60 degrees on Wednesday and drops again to 53 of Thursday. But Thursday and Friday morning will bring the coldest weather of the week when lows bottom out in the low 30s.

Shifting weather fronts, March 21, 2017


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