Severe weather possible Saturday

Posted April 15, 2011
Updated April 16, 2011

— A cold front could bring severe weather, including damaging winds and isolated tornadoes, to central North Carolina on Saturday.

The front has spawned storms and tornadoes that killed 16 people in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Alabama since Thursday night.

WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said those storms are expected to maintain their energy as they move in the state. 

"During the afternoon, we could see damaging winds with a strong line of thunderstorms," Maze said. 

Ahead of that line of storms, Maze said, could be strong tornadoes that stay on the ground for a long time. 

"We may get super-cells ahead of the front that have rotation that develop tornadoes that could stay on the ground for a long period of time and be especially strong," Maze said. 

Cold front spawns severe weather in the South

Between a half-inch and full inch of rain is predicted, which could cause localized flooding. The storms could dump as much 2 inches of rain on the North Carolina mountains.

The storms will move away overnight, and the weekend will end with another pleasant spring day. Skies should be clear on Sunday with a high around 70 degrees. 


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  • Shamrock Apr 15, 2011

    "Let's see how many of us are still here on Monday." Aunt Gertude

    I know some of us are hoping that others are not.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Apr 15, 2011

    Based on the piece of sensationalism Mike Maze just dished out tomorrow will be life as we know it O V E R. Super Cells Mike? Really?

    Do you think we might get any rain this time or will the entire thing go just like your last "Stormy Outbreak" prediction?

    Let's see how many of us are still here on Monday.

  • Coolbeans11 Apr 15, 2011

    Been right here Howyayoyo. Maybe if you took the bag off your head you would've seen me?
    April 15, 2011 2:49 p.m.
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    Riiiiight....of course you have!

  • lma1973 Apr 15, 2011

    Severe now eh?

    WRAL Weather We're continuing to monitor the threat for severe weather tomorrow, and what we're seeing has us concerned. Severe storms are likely tomorrow, mainly in the afternoon, and there may be quite a bit of them before it's all done. Now, while you're thinking about it, might be a good time to sign up for WeatherCall. We'l...

  • monnom Apr 15, 2011

    I'm with sscroggs. Seems as though some people act as if they're entitled to an EXACT prediction of the weather.

  • tobywilliamson58 Apr 15, 2011

    I do have brimeitus, no matter if you post it or not. I need a cure?!

  • sscroggs311 Apr 15, 2011

    Tell you what you naysayers need to do. Start publicly predicting the weather, have an independent source verify it and if you come close, I mean close to what the team at WRAL does, call them up and see if you can get the job. Those guys do a great job and yes, sometimes they miss, but I will put my money on WRAL anytime. They all are first class, that is not by the way, the same class some of you are in.

  • lma1973 Apr 15, 2011

    What a precip field...this looks to be as wide as what-maybe Charlotte to raleigh?

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Apr 15, 2011

    Water yur plants and lawns folks, if you wait on wral's forecasts to materialize they'll all be dead in a month.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Apr 15, 2011

    If tomorrow's drizzle lasts longer than 20 minutes we should consider ourselves lucky. The drought will be back in full force by next week because the truth is it never left. The so-called drought monitors are as clueless as wral's forecasting.