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Rain subsides Thursday, but another storm system coming

Posted December 3, 2009

— More than 2 inches of rain fell on places around the Triangle Wednesday, but the wet weather will subside Thursday.

"We should see some dry days and fairly bright days, especially today, but for Friday we should see increasing and thickening high clouds ahead of the next storm system that brings a mighty cold rain for Saturday," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss.

Authorities responded to several wrecks overnight, including one on Interstate 40 near North Harrison Avenue in Cary.

Three vehicles crashed at that location, and another wreck happened under the Harrison Avenue bridge, authorities said. There was no word on charges or if anyone was hurt.

Raleigh police were investigating a head-on collision that killed one person overnight. It happened near the intersection of Skycrest Drive and Brentwood Road. Police said one person died when a car crossed the center line. Investigators have not released the victim's name.

Another crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on Howard Road in north Raleigh. Investigators said the driver was heading towards Ray Road, went through a stop sign and hit a utility pole. No one was injured.

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A tornado watch that was in effect for most of the WRAL viewing area, including Durham, Wake, Orange and Chatham counties until 4 a.m. Thursday, was canceled just before midnight as the threat of severe weather diminished.

"The wind pattern in the atmosphere that could have produce tornadic activity just diminished," WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel explained.

Rainfall was heavy at times, prompting flash flood warnings. As of 2:30 a.m., Raleigh received 2.30 inches of rain and Sanford received more than 3 inches.

Flooding was reported late Wednesday along Hillsborough Street near Chapel Hill and Jones Franklin roads.

Thursday will be partly cloudy and breezy in the morning with winds subsiding through the day. Highs will be in the lower to mid 60s. The evening will feature mostly clear skies and slightly cooler temperatures.

Friday will be partly cloudy and cooler with temperatures in the low 50s.

Another round of wet weather is expected this weekend. Fishel said Saturday's cold, wet weather "could end with a few (snow) flakes."

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  • csplantlover Dec 3, 2009

    No one can "predict" the forecast but to a degree. Mother Nature and God have the final say. That's the way it always has been and always will be!

  • micah Dec 3, 2009

    I never understand why people are so hard on Meteorologists and snow predictions...Well, ANY predictions. I guess a lot of folks here are just far smarter than they are and need some place to complain while they wait for their disability check to come in. Snow in one of the hardest things to predict accurately. Our area is even more difficult due to the mountains immediately to our west. Besides, the article quotes that Saturday "could end with a few (snow) flakes." It doesn't say there will be a blizzard, or even any measurable accumulation.

  • time4real Dec 3, 2009

    just like January, measureable snow when the temps have been 70 and 80 and the ground temp is what, 60 or 65+?

    and it ain't even winter yet.

    0 for 1!

  • 007KnightRider Dec 3, 2009

    If there is any mention of snow folks will be in the grocery store getting all the bread and milk, why?

  • Havyn08 Dec 3, 2009

    I Spent at least 30 minutes in that rain last night searching for my indoor cat who ran out when I got home from work. We both got drenched. It took him an hour to clean himself up afterwards. I'm thinking (hoping) he probably learned his lesson!

  • duster 340 Dec 3, 2009

    Could this be manipulate climate data ?

  • charlesboyer Dec 3, 2009

    At least talk of a drought seems to have subsided.

  • timothycapwell Dec 3, 2009

    National Weather Service has added chance for snow...measurable snow for the "northern piedmont"...Here is a blurb from their forecast:

    AREAS ACROSS THE NORTHERN PIEDMONT AND NORTHERN COASTAL
    PLAIN COULD SEE SOME MEASURABLE SNOWFALL SATURDAY EVENING AND
    SATURDAY NIGHT.

    HAVE WENT AHEAD AND INTRODUCED A BRIEF PERIOD OF SNOW ACROSS THE
    NORTHERN TIER OF THE FORECAST BEGINNING AT 21 TO 00Z IN THE WEST AND
    TRENDING EAST THROUGH DAYBREAK. BUT WITH THE GFS FASTER TO DRY THINGS
    OUT...HAVE KEPT POPS IN LOW CHANCE RANGES. THIS WILL BE A SYSTEM
    WE WILL NEED TO KEEP AN EYE ON...ESPECIALLY SINCE THE POTENTIAL FOR BANDING COULD RESULT IN SOME ISLAND OF HEAVY PRECIP.

    Note: GFS is a computer weather model that is typically a bit fast with "drying things out". :)

  • offconstantly Dec 3, 2009

    i believe it when i see it. gona be a nice weekend. cuz stone cold said so!

  • packfan252258 Dec 3, 2009

    time4real

    Just like you posted yesturday that we would not even get a 1/4" of rain yesturday and last night! lol

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