Coming cold front could pack a stormy punch

Posted May 8, 2012

— Residents of North Carolina will have to endure a brief break from pleasant spring weather when a cold front rolls through the state late Tuesday and Wednesday.

"Our chance for rain today is slim," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said Tuesday. "It goes way up tomorrow as a cold front goes through, and we have a chance for severe weather."

Clouds will thicken throughout Tuesday, and temperatures will hit a high around 79 degrees.

"There is a slim chance of a shower or thunderstorm later this afternoon, mainly from the Triangle west, but most folks are going to be dry today," Gardner said.

Showers and storms will start up Wednesday morning and could become severe in the afternoon and into the night. The biggest threats are heavy rain, isolated flooding, hail and damaging winds.

Rainfall could total up to an inch in spots but will vary according to which spots get the bigger storms.

"You know thunderstorms. They're never equitable in how they dump rain across the area," said Gardner.

The chance for storms will last until around midnight Wednesday.

"After that, we have gorgeous weather Thursday through Monday," Gardner said.

Those days, high temperatures will range from the mid to upper 70s, the sun will shine, and the chance for rain will stay away.


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  • pbaker2 May 8, 2012

    well i aint even get that much where im at so.......

  • jblake1932 May 8, 2012

    Ambygirl: You out there? Hope you are enjoying this weather, it's beautiful! I had to take a break from the "other" headlines so I can keep my sanity. At least the Meterological Dept. and it's followers are sane!! :)

  • bige9999 May 8, 2012

    americaneel....good one!

  • americaneel May 8, 2012

    let's average and make everyone happy (5+1.4+4.4+4/ = 14.8/4 = 3.7")...There, everyone happy?

  • hollylama May 8, 2012

    I was in Fayetteville but live in N. Raleigh and the radar on Saturday showed some serious looking storm systems. Seemed to be layered on each other. I wouldn't be surprised if there were 5 inches or more.

  • simplelogic May 8, 2012

    I also got right at 4 inches of rain between 5pm Saturday and Sunday morning (in Cary). It rained so hard I couldn't see the houses across the street. The most rain I've seen in a LONG time.

  • Granpaa May 8, 2012

    I'm trying to find the definative proof that "no one" from jmf1073 2.0 got 5 inchhes of rain.I have two gauges in different locations in ouy yard and got 3.7". Others in our weather group in west Cary got up to 4.4". Don't call Stormy13 untruthful. It only shows our ignorance.

  • Holy Carp. May 8, 2012

    1.4 inches over the weekend in North Raleigh.

  • jmf1073 2.0 May 8, 2012

    Your rain guage is not very accurate. No one in the state got 5 inches of rain this past weekend.

  • Stormy13 May 8, 2012

    I know all about those "never equitable thunderstorms" from just this past weekend. I live in West Raleigh and my rain gauge was not showing any level of rain having fallen when we left for dinner at 4 PM on Saturday. Then when we left for church the next morning it was showing almost 5 inches!