Showers to arrive by lunchtime Thursday

Posted February 16, 2012

— A cold front that stretches from Pennsylvania into northern Florida will bring clouds and rain showers to central North Carolina by late morning Thursday, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

The cloudy conditions and rain will linger throughout the afternoon and early evening, keeping highs in the low-to-mid-50s across much of the area. 7-Day Forecast WRAL WeatherCenter

"We won't see much rain during the morning commute, but the showers will spread across the area as the day rolls on," Gardner said. "It'll be pretty rainy by lunchtime and that will stick around throughout the afternoon."

Low temperatures will drop back to near 40 degrees Thursday night as skies begin to clear out.

Sunshine returns to the forecast Friday, as highs will climb back into the low-to-mid-60s for the final day of the work week.

"It'll be beautiful during the day on Friday, a lot like Wednesday," Gardner said. "But that will move out quickly and we'll start to see some increasing clouds again over the weekend."

Most of the area won't see rain until Sunday, when the next cold front arrives, but clouds will increase throughout the afternoon and evening Saturday. High temperatures will stay in the upper-50s for the first day of the weekend. 

"Our next system will bring us some showers on Sunday," Gardner said. "We could see an 1 to 1.5 inches of rain between Thursday morning and Sunday evening."

Temperatures Sunday will be cool, with highs in the upper-40s across much of central North Carolina.


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  • Remy Feb 17, 2012

    "Don't blink or you'll miss it. We won't get .15" out of this non-drought buster typical rain event for the viewing area."

    RDU Rainfall 2/16/12 = .25 Looks like another another to add to the wrong prediction side of the tally.

  • simplelogic Feb 17, 2012

    Yup, it rained off and on all afternoon into the evening. And we're supposed to get even more over the weekend. Sounds like Sunday will be a perfect napping day! Cool, windy and wet. Time to fire up the gas logs and grab a cup of hot tea and a good book.

  • Ambygirl Feb 17, 2012

    Sorry simplelogic, you're right!! I keep telling them to get out of that Bermuda Triangle!! We got plenty of rain yesterday, hope you did too!


  • simplelogic Feb 17, 2012

    Ambygirl, read my post again. :-) "THEY" refer to the nay-sayers on this forum who seem to think we live in a desert. Maybe they're color-blind and can't see all the green everywhere.

  • Ambygirl Feb 16, 2012

    hhmmm- simplelogic-- where are you? It's been raining here since 1 pm this afternoon----- just like they said it would. That's my lunchtime and last I recall, Elizabeth said by lunchtime it would be raining.

  • bissette Feb 16, 2012

    Of course, with it just being rain it moved on up north.

  • simplelogic Feb 16, 2012

    No, Ezekiel - it rained, just like THEY said it WOULDN'T. :-)

  • Ezekiel c23 v19to20 Feb 16, 2012

    wow, look at that. it rained, just like they said it would.

  • lfields2 Feb 16, 2012

    I would like to see some nice weather for the weekends, it seems lately that all the nice weather is occuring on the weekdays. Rain, rain, go away!!

  • myprayers Feb 16, 2012

    raining like crazy here1