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Coming cold front will tame humidity, usher in sunny weekend

Posted May 16, 2012
Updated May 17, 2012

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— After three consecutive days with warm, muggy air and scattered thunderstorms across central much of North Carolina, an approaching cold front that will move through the area Thursday should bring relief in time for the weekend. 

Areas to the south and east of the Triangle could still see scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon Thursday as high temperatures climb into the upper 70s, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

"The boundary for Thursday's weather is going to be in the Triangle area as this front moves through," she said. "Most of the rain will be to the south and east of Raleigh, but we can't rule out a shower. Folks in Fayetteville, Clinton and Goldsboro should take along the rain gear."

Areas that see more rain showers or thunderstorms Thursday could also see localized flooding where the ground is already saturated by three days of rainfall. 

State Department of Transportation officials say drivers should be careful and drive defensively, stay alert and never drive through standing or rushing water.

"People drown in their cars. Cars get flipped upside down. We've all heard stories about cars found with someone upside down (who) couldn't get out," said DOT spokesman Steve Abbott. "That's the kind of thing that could happen."

All types of vehicles are vulnerable to being swept off the road by rushing waters, and water as shallow as an inch or two hide a washout or hole where a vehicle can become stuck. WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

Once the cold front clears late Thursday, cool, dry air will move into the area to close out the work week. Lower humidity and winds from the northeast should make outdoor activities more pleasant, Gardner said. 

Temperatures will bottom out in the low 50s early Friday morning before climbing back into the mid-70s by the afternoon. 

"It's going to be beautiful Friday and Saturday," Gardner said. "Back to our spring-like pattern we saw last week."

Low temperatures will bottom out near 50 degrees Saturday morning, but like Friday, should climb back into the upper 70s by mid-afternoon. 

The same upper level system that spawned showers and storms Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will bring more chances for rain and storms beginning Sunday, as high temperatures climb back into the 80s and humid air returns. 

"We're going to kick this stubborn front out of here Thursday evening, but it's going to come rolling back in by Sunday, so we won't get rid of it for long," Gardner said. "That summer-like pattern will be back by early next week and stay with us."

High temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 80s early next week, and a chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms is in the forecast Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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  • Whatchawannaknofer May 17, 2012

    JMF - "There us FAR more activity out there now when today nothing was suppose to happen but yesterday and the day before the weather was the top story and nothing happened!!" Just wondering where you live. This morning at 5am, WRAL reported storms south of the triangle. They also reported storms the past two days, and we had them.

  • jmf1073 3.0 May 17, 2012

    Well, well, well. WRAL wrong again...just look at the radar!! There us FAR more activity out there now when today nothing was suppose to happen but yesterday and the day before the weather was the top story and nothing happened!!
    The Chief is wrong

    lol.....I was thinking the same thing. We've had more rain in the past hour here in Wake County than we had the past two days when they were talking about all of the flooding we should watch out for.

  • The Chief is wrong May 17, 2012

    Well, well, well. WRAL wrong again...just look at the radar!! There us FAR more activity out there now when today nothing was suppose to happen but yesterday and the day before the weather was the top story and nothing happened!!

  • jblake1932 May 17, 2012

    Ambygirl: I hear ya! We've had plenty of rain. I tilled my garden Tuesday and all looks great! I was expecting a little yesterday, but I think all will be good for several days. I only hope the heat and humidty stay away for a while!!

  • Ambygirl May 17, 2012

    Thanks jblake1932-- when I'm wrong, I will say so and never hesitate. Hope you get some rain today at your house too! Wish I had a water hose that would reach all the way to your house and I'd give you some of the drenching we've been having!! LOL!

  • jblake1932 May 17, 2012

    Ambygirl; It didn't rain near my house yesterday either, but hopefully today. Thanks for being classy with the response to marinewife. Not many people left on here that have morals. Have a good one!

  • ncouterbanks69 May 17, 2012

    Great....sigh I guess today is mow grass day. I love having space but oh do I hate mowing. Oh well looks like a good day for it and no way am I doing that on a weekend!

  • Ambygirl May 17, 2012

    marinewife101 I apologize. I didn't mean to imply you were stupid by any means. I only meant to say that the weather here is so unpredictable. It seems to change every 5 minutes!! And where I was yesterday, it was cloudy and rained on and off. I need to get out of my little world and realize the veiwing area is a very large area! Again, sorry to offend. Have a great day!

  • marinewife101 May 16, 2012

    Ambygirl - I didn't say I WASN'T going to go to the park or eat outside - I'm just saying what they stated this morning - I know to look out my darn window - REALLY!?!? I'm not stupid, I'm just curious as to know why they said that.....it's been beautiful all day!

  • Hans May 16, 2012

    "I enjoyed Elizabeth's outfit more yesterday." - jmf1073 3.0

    LOL. Looks like ol' Liz got all the hound dogs riled up with her red dress.

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