72 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2011-04-15 08:38:00
Updated: 2011-04-16 08:08:23
Posted April 15, 2011
Updated April 16, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
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.