Cold front weakens before passing through NC

Posted February 29, 2012

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— A cold front with a history of producing tornadoes and damaging winds will pass through North Carolina late Wednesday much weaker and with less potential for widespread severe storms, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. 

The front will pass through overnight Wednesday, bringing rain through early morning Thursday. Fishel said it is possible, however, that more than 50 percent of the WRAL viewing area won't see a drop of rain from the front.  WRAL WeatherCall Sign up for WeatherCall

There is a slight chance that an isolated tornado could break out as the front passes through but nothing widespread like what ravaged the Midwest and South killing 12 people, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. 

A line of possible tornadoes associated with the approaching front killed one person, injured dozens more and did significant damage late Tuesday in several cities in Missouri. Especially hard-hit were areas in southwest Missouri, including Branson, Lebanon and Buffalo. 

High temperatures Wednesday topped out around 70 degrees, with much of central North Carolina seeing at least a passing shower or sprinkle during the day. Temperatures will stay warm overnight, something that could help fuel any storms that develop in the area.

Once the front clears, a high pressure system and warm southwesterly winds will push Thursday's temperatures to around 80 degrees across much of central North Carolina. The record high for March 1 was set in 1997, when the high at Raleigh-Durham International Airport topped out at 82. 

High temperatures Friday and Saturday should remain in the upper 60s to low 70s, with the greatest chance for showers and thunderstorms coming on the first day of the weekend.

Cooler temperatures will return once that system clear, with highs Sunday and Monday topping out in the upper 50s and low 60s. 


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  • Uhavenoclu Feb 29, 2012

    Like last weeks massive severe damaging up to the minute warning reports that never came huh? When I land in OZ and the me and the wicked witch go have lunch like we do all theme then I will believe.

  • SARCASTICLES Feb 29, 2012

    Hi folks, Mongo the Mercenary Meteorologist here.......I noticed the clever application/talking point of the fact that Barrow, Alaska is at 27F....this mystery can be explained easily with the vast amount of corporate-funded "data" I have amassed, without fear of rebuttal. Any "scientist" worth his or her retainer knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that the frigid temperatures in Barrow are proof positive that Global Warming is a myth generated by the elitist snobs and liberals of the left-wing socialist drive-by media........because it just COULDN'T be COLD up there AND be considered Global Warming. Them libs and smart folks with all that book learnin' would have you believe that Barrow is cold because it's at 71N latitude, and they don't see much sunlight while the pole is tilted away from the sun in winter.....which makes it unusual for balmy 27F WINTER. But don't you believe 'em, not a single word of it....and tell 'em Mongo sent ya! ;)

  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Feb 29, 2012

    Global warming will produce frigid weather..

  • micah Feb 29, 2012

    Do your due diligence, vraptor. A couple of minutes searching will show you that a coal plant with it's very efficient steam boilers and environmental pollution control devices (like scrubbers) produce very low emissions compared to a gasoline powered automobile for a given unit of energy.

  • vraptor Feb 29, 2012

    oh no. the global wormers are back. barrow alaska. -27F...

    did u see the total enviro comparison of electric clutz to a gas car??? the electric clutz is worse for the enviro because of the coal plant emissions needed to power the electric clutz!!!

  • danicat74 Feb 29, 2012

    I totally agree with TimeWillTell. I was not 200 yards from the Dunn tornado last spring, it destroyed my job and damaged my house. Thankfully, because of the watches, we were prepared. The warning came just a few minutes before the tornado arrived. And the power went out immediately after the warning was broadcast. You don't have to panic, this is true, but you should always take it seriously. These storms can change your life in seconds. If nothing comes of it, you thank the deity of your choice, and the meteorologists that will be staying up all night to keep you warned and safe.

  • jblake1932 Feb 29, 2012

    Try typing from a basement, are yall?

  • marinewife101 Feb 29, 2012

    ummmm.....jblake1932, it's not just the "transplants" who worry - I was born and raised here and I still get VERY concerned when we have a threat of tornados!

  • syracuse-slim Feb 29, 2012

    Yep, just as predicted. It always falls apart. Us NC natives are aware of this, only the transplants worry.
    February 29, 2012 5:36 p.m.

    Actually, it's the other way around....

  • jblake1932 Feb 29, 2012

    Yep, just as predicted. It always falls apart. Us NC natives are aware of this, only the transplants worry.