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Published: 2011-12-07 06:59:00
Updated: 2011-12-08 06:38:30
Posted December 7, 2011
Updated December 8, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
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.
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.