Potential for severe weather Thursday

Posted December 10, 2008

— Bands of light to moderate rain were moving through central North Carolina early Thursday. Conditions are expected to worsen by mid-afternoon.

Conditions felt more like spring, with temperatures in the low 70s Wednesday, while a cold front with rain and some embedded thunderstorms worked its way east.

The potential for severe weather increases Thursday as cold air behind the front and warm air in front of it makes the atmosphere unstable, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

“We have a very wild and woolly 24 hours coming up," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Some areas could see up to three inches of rain by Thursday evening, Fishel said. Flash flood watches are also in effect for several counties.

Moderate to heavy rain and thunderstorms blanketed cenral North Carolina late Wednesday.

The system is expected to stall over the Triangle into Thursday. The brunt of the storm will probably hit late Thursday and could be severe.

"Isolated tornadoes are not out of the question, but there's a much better chance of damaging, straight-line winds," Gardner added.

"The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., the National Weather Service in Raleigh and the WRAL WeatherCenter are concerned about Thursday's potential for strong storms," Fishel said.

The impact of the system should be felt across central North Carolina by midday Thursday, with the threat of severe storms over the area through the afternoon and early evening, WRAL Meteorologist Kim Deaner said.

This weekend will be sunny and pleasantly cool, with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. Morning lows will be back below freezing, however.

Temperatures are expected to be warmer than usual again next week, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.


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  • John Q Public Dec 10, 2008

    I'm jealous it snowed in Austin, TX - Houston, TX - Louisiana and Jackson, MS today!!! I want some!

  • bs101fly Dec 10, 2008

    all you Fishel Followers begging for snow, MOVE ON.
    Ain't gonna happen. I've been here several years now and it ain't snowed 4 inches TOTAL!
    It's too dry, not reaching the ground, moisture arrived too late, moisture arrived too early, it went south and snowed 2 feet at Myrtle Beach ....
    There's ALWAYS a reason it doesn't come here and Fishel, and his followers, can't seem to cope with it real well.
    It ALWAYS runs in a cycle. We've had our 3 weeks of cold and got no snow, even though it's early, now it's going to warm up and we're going to be in shorts for the next 3 weeks, while the west gets hammered.
    Then it will get cold again, around early January, but it won't rain a drop the entire time. Then it will warmmmmmm up again and rain like a tropical storm mother for a month.
    By then Spring will arrive and once again, NO SNOW!

  • anonemoose Dec 10, 2008

    Is there anybody in the weather center that didn't get a quote in? Maybe some HS intern or janitor (OOOPS, custodial engineer) that has something to say?

  • tulips4445 Dec 10, 2008

    snow in 10 days if it thunders in the winter. it's not winter yet.

  • Space Mountain Dec 10, 2008

    I want some snow! We are due!

  • Hammerhead Dec 10, 2008

    Over/under on Al Gore jokes....5.
    You guys need some new material.

  • Hevans1012 Dec 10, 2008

    Got my weather radio ready to go for tonight. Probably wake me up multiple times with that loud ear peircing alarm but better to be safe than sorry right?

  • 007KnightRider Dec 10, 2008

    Sorry to bust your bubble (Nope & kittiboo) but we are still in the Fall season. The 10 day rule only applies when Winter has officially arrived. FYI, Winter begins December 21. Let's hope we get some thunderstorms around that time.

  • HappyGirl08 Dec 10, 2008

    Why can't it be snow?? And still, who is the dancing girl?

  • in2horses Dec 10, 2008

    snow snow I want SNOW!!