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Warm front to bring rain, storms Friday

Posted March 2, 2012

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— The Triangle could see another round of severe weather Friday and Saturday morning as two frontal systems make their way into central North Carolina, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.  7-Day Forecast WRAL WeatherCenter

Friday's system, a warm front that is moving in from the south and west, could bring rain to the Triangle by late morning and thunderstorms to the area during the afternoon hours.

A line of storms associated with the system began crossing the border from South Carolina into southern counties around 7 a.m. 

Warm air was streaming into North Carolina from the south ahead of the showers to follow. By noon, Gardner said, some parts of the Triangle could see some light rain, and scattered showers will dominate the afternoon.

High temperatures Friday will top out near 70 degrees by mid-afternoon, about 10 degrees cooler than Thursday's high.

As the sun begins to set, storms could kick up. "We're going to be watching out for the potential for some of these thunderstorms to turn severe," she said.

By Friday night, rain chances will taper off as the warm front moves out ahead of a cold front that will pass through central North Carolina early Saturday. 

Central North Carolina is under an elevated risk for severe weather both Friday and Saturday, but the better chance for the Triangle to see severe storms and even an isolated tornado will come Saturday morning, Gardner said. 

"Once this cold front gets close to the area, we could really see our chances for severe weather go up," Gardner said. "We could have damaging straight line winds, hail and even isolated tornadoes. The winds and hail are the biggest threats right now."

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

Rain chances will increase throughout the morning Saturday, with the best chances for severe weather coming between 7 a.m. and lunchtime, Gardner said.

High temperatures will top out in the mid-to-upper 60s by early morning before falling once the front clears. 

Partly cloudy skies return to the forecast Sunday as temperatures return to the mid-50s. By Monday and Tuesday morning, low temperatures will be back in the upper 20s and low 30s. 

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  • Hans Mar 2, 2012

    "And I don't know the other folks, Hans, etc." - jblake1932

    seankelly likes to think everyone that doesn't share his point of view is the same person. That way, you see, he can pretend most people agree with him.

  • Hans Mar 2, 2012

    Hey seankelly - I don't really give a hoot if you had rain or not. I didn't, haven't had any significant rainfall in what seems like years, and that's all I care about.

  • jblake1932 Mar 2, 2012

    seankelly: Carickets make a chirping sound by rubbing their legs together, esp. in the evening during warm weather. Kind of a lazy sound, sorta like the forecasting round here. It's a Southern thang. You ought to go to the country sometime and listen. Just don't call 911 and report a UFO sound cause these are not Cicadas. And I don't know the other folks, Hans, etc.

  • jblake1932 Mar 2, 2012

    Looks like all the rain is moving east, south east. Nope, no rain for the triangle again. What happened? (crickets chirping)

  • seankelly15 Mar 2, 2012

    Hans & jblake1932 (& You make it so easy & all of your other personas which we have not yet heard from). Where I live and work - in the actual Raleigh/Durham area (not someplace far south of here - maybe outside Atlanta) - there has been rain this week. As to severe weather, we did have severe weather last weekend.

    Oh and jblake, what are 'carickets' and what kind of 'chirping' do they make? Is is audible or only audible inside of your head?

  • jblake1932 Mar 2, 2012

    Desiderata: But why does nature have to be female? Just thinkin. Maybe cause they are unpredictable? Makes one wonder.

  • Desiderata Mar 2, 2012

    Hans, guess it doesn't rain over the nonimportant people ! AND jblake1932..bet those people who have lost homes, lives and property wish they did not have to deal with the aftermath of the storms which have wrecked havoc on their lives. OBVIOUSLY Mother Nature is calling the shots again,,and I do NOT wish her to cause damage to others..so be glad when you are NOT involved with the bad weather! Ps , you must be guys...can't please them at all! LOL!

  • Hans Mar 2, 2012

    Maybe my part of the "viewing area" will at least get a DROP of rain this time around? Nah, probably not.

  • jblake1932 Mar 2, 2012

    "We could see anther round of severe storms"? I wasn't aware of any severe weather the last few weeks, um?? Once again, carickets chirping!