Cold front brings rain, gusty winds

Posted December 7, 2011
Updated December 8, 2011

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— A cold front is expected to dump some heavy rain in central North Carolina overnight Wednesday before sending temperatures plummeting about 20 degrees on Thursday.

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Steady showers moved into the Triangle Wednesday afternoon, with heavier storms in the evening. 

In Carthage, strong winds sent a large tree crashing through a mobile home on Wednesday afternoon, the Moore County's Sheriff's Office said. Megan Lunas was outside checking on her cat when the tree grazed her face. She was treated at a nearby hospital. 

"I had no idea how close she came to dying. I don't think she knows," her boyfriend, Benny Sineath, said. 

Tree crashes through Carthage mobile home Tree crashes through Carthage mobile home

By the time the rain clears around midnight, up to 1½ inches could have fallen in the Triangle and areas to its north. Places farther to the south, including Fayetteville, will likely see closer to a half-inch of rain.

Cool, wintry temperatures will settle in on Thursday, with highs around 50 on Thursday. It should stay in the 50s through Saturday, before dropping into the mid-40s on Sunday. 

Overnight lows will hit around the freezing mark Thursday and Friday and then drop into the 20s for the weekend.


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  • Screw WrAl Dec 7, 2011

    Got enough rain to wash the pollen off the drive. Maybe.

    Now that we're going to have average temps for a few days it's time to brine the lawn.

  • honans77 Dec 7, 2011

    0.7 so far here in Whitakers and winds that have already toppled 1 tree.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Dec 7, 2011

    "I got a 1/10th of an inch how about you guys!" - YouMakeItSoEasy

    Half an inch here in Orange Co. Glad I trust in WRAL and not you.

  • vraptor Dec 7, 2011

    Do a little study. Keep or print the weather forecast for 1 week. When day 5 comes around. Look at the 5 day forecast that you kept. See how off they where. Applies to all weather forecasts.

  • PanthersFan45 Dec 7, 2011

    This weather has been so topsy-turvy of late. Be nice to see it stay one way for at least 1 week. Getting a little tiring to keep turning on the AC one day, then the heat the next.

  • jblake1932 Dec 7, 2011

    Oh, so NOW we have a chance for severe weather, huh? Typical forecasting from this station!

  • Screw WrAl Dec 7, 2011

    So enjoy part of our second week of this short winter as it arrives.

    But don't dare put the shorts and sunscreen away kids.

  • Screw WrAl Dec 7, 2011

    I got a 1/10th of an inch how about you guys!

    Now to go pick up the rest of the house 3 streets over. Maybe that wind farm guy has the right idea.

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 7, 2011

    Ya know the temp. drop 2 deg. since I've been on here one minute?

  • Rebelyell55 Dec 7, 2011

    Wooo Hooo, so far the temp. ain't drop with the rain, but she sure is coming down. It's still 70 deg. out side. Funny, about two hours ago, a breeze came through that had to around 45 degrees, I mean ya could feel the temp. drop and then it was gone. Wind coming in all different direction.