19 NC counties and 2 VA counties are under alert, including Johnston, Nash, Halifax, Edgecombe, and Mecklenburg, VA counties. Details
Published: 2011-04-08 20:56:00
Updated: 2011-04-08 23:45:46
Posted April 8, 2011
A slow-moving cold front dipped into North Carolina Friday night setting off a spate of thunderstorms in some counties along the Virginia border.
Some parts of Alamance, Orange, Chatham and Durham counties saw showers. In parts of Robeson County, the storms brought wind gusts of up to 40 mph but very little rain.
The front was expected to bring showers and cooler temperatures to the Triangle before dawn Saturday, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.
Any rain will clear out quickly Saturday, leaving overcast skies and temperatures in the 60s to lower 70s – a significant change from Friday afternoon's 81-degree high. The cold front will continue to cross the state from north to south Saturday, Fishel said.
Look for a rebound to the 80s Sunday and an even warmer day on Monday. The forecast calls for a high of 90 degrees Monday, higher than the record – 89 – set in 1978.