Thunderstorms could become severe Saturday afternoon

Posted March 23, 2012
Updated March 24, 2012

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— A low pressure system moving into the southeast from the plains will combine with warm temperatures Saturday to bring rain and the chance for severe thunderstorms, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. 

Clouds increased Friday night, and the leading edge of the storm brought showers and isolated thunderstorms to parts of the area overnight. Rain chances will linger throughout the morning Saturday, with the greatest chance for severe weather coming during the afternoon. 

"What we see will vary across the region," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. "Some folks will see heavy rain while others stay dry, but right now our best chances for thunderstorms will be during the afternoon hours."

High temperatures will climb into the mid-to-upper 70s by 4 p.m. That daytime heating will help fuel any thunderstorms that do develop.

At the warmest part of the day, storms could reach severe status and the greatest threat is for damaging straight-line winds and possible hail. The greatest chance for storms to be severe in the Triangle will be during the late afternoon and evening hours, Moss said.

"There is some uncertainty as to how the storm threat will play out," Fishel said. "It looks like from the Triangle area south and east is where the best chance of strong to severe thunderstorms will be."

Rain chances will linger throughout central North Carolina Sunday, but there won't be any severe weather as the low pressure system moves directly over the state. High temperatures will be a bit cooler, topping out in the low 70s across much of the area. 

Temperatures will climb back into the mid-70s Monday as partly cloudy skies return to the forecast, but by Tuesday, much of the area will see high temperatures back near late March averages. 

"It's going to be cooler Tuesday," Moss said. "Most of the area will see lows in the 40s and we'll top out around 62 that afternoon."


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  • Ambygirl Mar 23, 2012

    The picture posted above is not the picture you need to look at. Go to the weather page on here and it shows to be stormy tomorrow. The high today shows to be 82 with some clouds.

    I know, I know, they shouldn't post that picture up there because it could be misleading. I myself have always gone to the weather page and looked at the days.......

  • CaptainClucksDuckboatAdventures Mar 23, 2012

    The picture shows Friday as stormy and 74 while it's sunny and 84 outside right now?

  • Chairman of the Bored Mar 23, 2012

    The 7 day forecast graphic sure isn't matching what is on the weather page.

  • littlebobeep Mar 23, 2012

    Better get my grass cut tonight then....

  • The Chief is wrong Mar 23, 2012

    They never get it right...their stuff never matches. Look at the 5 day forecast and it still sjows tomorrow with a 30% chance of rain and tomorrow night a 40% chance. Far cry from the 80% the article states. I guess this way they cant be wrong no matter what happens!

  • CaptainClucksDuckboatAdventures Mar 23, 2012

    The weather graphic seems to be a bit off on this story. It shows Saturday as mostly sunny and Sunday as sunny and cool.