Skies to clear behind cold front

Posted January 26, 2012
Updated January 27, 2012

— Heavy showers moved through central North Carolina during the commute hours Friday morning, but did not produce any isolated tornadoes or severe weather, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Rain and standing water on the roadways caused several minor traffic accidents, but no major delays were reported on highways in the area. 

"We can breathe a little sigh of relief," Gardner said. "The heaviest rain is now through our area, but spots east of I-95 could be dealing with some heavy rain for a bit longer. Our severe thunderstorm risk is all but over."

The cold front, which produced severe weather and tornadoes in parts the southeast during the week, will be east of the I-95 corridor by 9 a.m., making way for clearing later in the day. 

Temperatures Friday will climb into the upper 60s Friday thanks to the warm air mass associated with the weather system, but will drop back into the upper 30s and low 40s by Saturday morning. 

Skies should begin to clear around lunchtime in central North Carolina as winds shift from the southwest to northwest behind the front, Gardner said. 

"We'll have variably cloud skies during most of the afternoon," she said. "But by 5 p.m., we should be pretty clear. Some folks in the western part of the viewing area are already seeing clearing."

The weekend forecast includes lots of sunshine and continued warm temperatures, with highs Saturday reaching the low 60s Temperatures will cool slightly Sunday, topping out in the mid 50s. Lows both days will fall back into the 30s. 

"Once this weather passes through this morning we'll have some clearing skies," Gardner said. "The weekend looks really nice."


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  • lucasd06 Jan 27, 2012

    I hope it gets cold before spring comes--I haven't been able to go snowboarding this year :( Not that the NC mountains offer much even in a good year...

  • Hans Jan 27, 2012

    Shoot, I'm thinking about putting the summer garden in. I'll have tomatoes by April.

  • 1secondlook Jan 27, 2012

    Cold front? its almost 70!

  • Screw WrAl Jan 27, 2012

    hans, don't forget to spray the weeds. I'm headed there now. They are enormous.

  • Screw WrAl Jan 27, 2012

    "In the Triangle, it's actually only "abnormally dry" - NOT drought at all."

    More lies you're believing I see.

  • simplelogic Jan 27, 2012

    LOL! YMISE has yet another incarnation! YAY!

  • Hans Jan 27, 2012

    "You don't have a very good record." - Shamrock

    I'll take the YouMakeItSoEasy forecast over the O'Fishel forecast every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Because of his accurate forecast, I elected not to put the tractor up for the winter. Thanks, YouMakeItSoEasy! Time to get mowing.

  • Hans Jan 27, 2012

    Trees blooming, bugs swarming, grass growing, AC running...


  • simplelogic Jan 27, 2012

    "simplelogic, YMISE does it just to see if he can get a rise out of people.........he actually lives in the Bermuda Triangle."

    LOL! I was actually thinking Brunswick County, since that's the only place left in NC with anything worse than moderate drought conditions. In the Triangle, it's actually only "abnormally dry" - NOT drought at all. If he IS in the viewing area, he hasn't been anywhere near Jordan Lake lately - it's a lot higher than I've seen it in the past - just about full, actually.

  • Shamrock Jan 27, 2012

    "Shouldn't be more than another hour or two before we get to 70."

    I love the warm weather and sure makes NC a great place to live. However, you been saying temps in 70s since winter started and thus far there have only been 4 days where it hit 70. You don't have a very good record.