48 NC counties are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Wayne counties. Details
Published: 2008-05-30 13:56:00
Updated: 2008-05-30 23:22:45
Posted May 30, 2008
Raleigh, N.C. — If you have outdoor activities in mind for this weekend, Saturday morning will be your best bet, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. After that, a cold front will bring a chance of severe thunderstorms by the late afternoon.
Saturday morning will continue the hot weather from Friday, when temperatures reached the mid-80s. Sunshine, combined with increasing moisture and winds, could brew into storms with straight-line winds and hail. The high will be about 90 degrees.
“Thunderstorms will fire up Saturday afternoon. They’ll be scattered about the area. Not everybody will get wet, but if you do, you could get a good downpour,” WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.
The greatest threat to get wet is between 3 and 9 p.m., Fishel said.
The storms moving through the state Saturday afternoon have the capability of producing an unusual amount of lightning, WRAL Meteorologist Kim Deaner said.
Sunday will pretty much be a repeat of Saturday, with the southeastern portion of the state seeing the greatest chance for thunderstorms.
"It will be quieter in the morning," Fishel said. "It is really unusual, at this time of year, to get all-day rain." But the conditions remain for storms to fire up again by late in the day.
The front should clear the Carolinas by Sunday night, and the work week will begin with cooler, less humid days.