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Patchy fog impacts morning commute Thursday

Posted March 22, 2012

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— Moist air filtering in from the Gulf of Mexico produced thick, patchy fog in some parts of central North Carolina during the commute hours Thursday morning. 

By 9 a.m., most of the fog had started to clear out. There were no dense fog advisories issued, but the low-lying clouds did give drivers around the Triangle reason to slow down. 

Once the fog clears out completely, temperatures will climb back into the mid-70s by lunchtime and close to 80 by mid-afternoon, still 10 to 15 degrees above normal for late March. The Triangle has seen temperatures above average 17 days this month, with that trend expected to continue, Gardner said. 

“We have a chance of thunderstorms, but it’s a lesser chance of storms than we had on Wednesday,” Gardner said. “They’ll be isolated and widely scattered if they happen at all.”

Strong storms rolled through parts of Pitt County Wednesday afternoon, hitting the town of Stokes with torrential rain and whipping wind. The storms downed power lines, damaged homes and leveled outbuildings. WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

On Friday, most of the area won’t have to worry about rain as skies remain partly cloudy and high temperatures top out near 80. The next good chance for precipitation comes Saturday morning when a low pressure system is expected to make its way into North Carolina.

Some of the area could see strong to severe thunderstorms as early as 5 a.m. Saturday.

“We’re already at an elevated risk for severe weather on Saturday,” Gardner said. “We’ll see this system, which is very slow moving, start to make its way into the area in the early morning hours."

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  • baracus Mar 22, 2012

    That wasn't fog. It was pollen!

  • piene2 Mar 22, 2012

    "And those with their lights on but so close to the back of your car you can't see them.
    fishon"

    Were you, by any chance, poking along under the speed limit in the passing lane?

  • Ambygirl Mar 22, 2012

    Absolutely fishon!

  • fishon Mar 22, 2012

    ntheweeds, it was beautiful. But nothing makes me madder than idjits that do not turn on their lights!!! It's so dangerous!!

    And those with their lights on but so close to the back of your car you can't see them.

  • Ambygirl Mar 22, 2012

    ntheweeds, it was beautiful. But nothing makes me madder than idjits that do not turn on their lights!!! It's so dangerous!!

    As I was going into the fog I could still see the sun just above and it was like a golden halo........wish I'd had my camera.

  • ntheweeds Mar 22, 2012

    pretty foggy this am