58 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Wayne counties. Details
Published: 2009-05-02 12:07:00
Updated: 2009-05-02 23:36:08
Posted May 2, 2009
Raleigh, N.C. — An unstable air mass kept skies cloudy, temperatures warm and showers and thunderstorm swirling around North Carolina Saturday.
"It's unstable enough and warm enough that you get a shower and thunderstorm every once in a while but you have some significant gaps in between those as well," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.
Widely scattered storms started to develop near Charlotte in the early evening evening, prompting some severe weather warnings.
Other warnings for Hoke and Moore counties were issued, but canceled. There's a slight chance that some of these storms could become intense or severe, with gusty winds and large hail.
The threat of severe weather in the Triangle diminished as the night progressed, WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said.
The front creating those conditions won't move far fast, and so on Sunday, "we continue on a generally similar pattern," Moss said.
Indeed, the same weather scenario – temperatures hovering around 80 degrees, mostly cloudy skies and a chance at late-day showers and thunderstorms – will repeat in North Carolina for the next week.
"We continue with a similarly unsettled pattern right through the seven-day period," Moss said. "A couple of days, there'll be a little bit lower chances, but overall, it's very hard to pin down exactly when it rains, when it doesn't."
For those who dislike spring thunderstorms, Moss offered one consolation:
"There'll probably be more dry time during that whole stretch than there is rainy time."