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Severe Thunderstorms, Wind Damage Possible Friday

Posted March 7, 2008

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— A storm system that brought snow to Texas and tornadoes to Florida worked its way north and east Friday. The brunt of the storm will probably be felt to the east of the I-95 corridor, bypassing a direct hit on the

It's been a wet Friday so far, with showers scattered across the region, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner reported. As afternoon turns to evening, the path of low pressure will track just to the west of the Triangle, bringing heavy rain and high winds overnight. Some parts of the region could see as much as 2 inches of rain, and isolated tornadoes are possible.

Heavy rains were falling Friday across the western part of the state, with accumulations of up to an inch. Forecasters with the National Weather Service said a combination of cold air and moisture moving into the far western corner of the state could turn to snow overnight and continue through Saturday afternoon.

The heaviest snow is expected Friday night and early Saturday, when 4 to 5 inches could fall within six or seven hours, said Joe Ammerman, a weather service meteorologist in Louisville, Ky.

Closer to home, the greatest threat is from wind damage, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. He explained the factors that could make Friday's storm system more severe than the one that moved through the area earlier in the week.

"This is a powerful, powerful system in the upper atmosphere, and not only are we going to have strong winds aloft this time, like we had Tuesday night, but this time, it looks like the atmosphere will be even more unstable," Fishel said.

As the system moves out Saturday, a "howling northwesterly wind flow" will move in, producing gusts topping out between 40 and 50 mph, Fishel predicted.

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  • cadetsfan Mar 7, 2008

    The clear model trend is diminishing the available moisture that would have helped create the boomers...severe weather threat advisories will be diminished, but this does not affect the winds. It will still be hellawindy.

  • mmania Mar 7, 2008

    Brian:

    You have the jargon down pat but in laymans terms, do I have anything to worry about?

  • brian2380 Mar 7, 2008

    We are now under a wind advisory, looks like the wind could kick up pretty good tomorrow / tomorrow afternoon.

  • brian2380 Mar 7, 2008

    per weatherunderground.com==== Most models have backed off quite a bit with available
    moisture aloft with the GFS Bone dry above 5k-8k feet after 09z Sat.
    If GFS verifies...expect nothing more than a band of showers with
    surface front.

  • mmania Mar 7, 2008

    brian:

    Are you saying it's going to be pretty calm tonight? I live in a mobile home and have made arrangments to go somewhere else tonight, does it look like I could cancel those plans? It is raining heavy now in Sanford. Could anyone else elaborate?

  • brian2380 Mar 7, 2008

    They called for heavy rain today, I'm talking about the 2nd system...

  • Eduardo1 Mar 7, 2008

    Brian2380 It is to bad that they do not have windows to look outside, in the institution that you are confined in. Or, is it just so long since that you have seen rain, By the way Brian, it has been pouting with heavy winds for hrs, just South of Raleigh.. Hope it adds to the water basins to relieve drought

  • Eduardo1 Mar 7, 2008

    Brian2380 It is to bad that they do not have windows to look outside, in the institutipn that you are confined in. Or, is it just so long since that you have seen rain, you do not recognize it

  • jejogaps Mar 7, 2008

    We have almost 1 1/4" in Moore County and still raining hard.

  • brian2380 Mar 7, 2008

    The severe storms will be a no show, in fact... the heavy rain tonight / tomorrow morning will be a no show... nothing more than a light band of showers tomorrow morning.

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