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Storms bring soggy Monday

Posted October 6, 2013
Updated October 7, 2013

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— An overcast day brought rain to the Triangle and the threat of severe storms along the North Carolina-Virginia border.

Monday stood in stark contrast to the sunny, warmer-than-normal weekend.

A cold front marched across the state from the northwest and met up with warm, moist air from the south to create wet conditions that will persist for a few days, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Caswell and Rockingham counties were under a tornado warning for about 45 minutes in the 9 o'clock hour, under a line of thunderstorms packing winds in excess of 50 mph and very heavy rainfall.

That level of severe weather is not expected to be widespread, Gardner said.

"We could see bands of showers and thunderstorm activity and a few of the storms could produce locally heavy downpours," Gardner said. "There is a slender chance a few severe storms could produce damaging winds or isolated brief tornadoes."

The wet weather will contribute to a tropical feeling before the cold really sets in.

"It feels very tropical, very muggy," Gardner said. 

Monday's high is expected to be near 80 degrees. Rain will be light to moderate through lunchtime and turn heavier later in the day.

"It's going to be wet all day," she said. "Take along the rain gear."

A dramatic temperature change will happen Tuesday, when the high falls to 64 degrees. A warm-up is expected by the end of the work week.

"Just be prepared today," Gardner said. "We're switching gears."


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  • TarHeelBrit Oct 7, 2013

    Well we didn't get any thunder up here in N Raleigh but the rain was very welcome. I swear I could hear the grass lapping up the rain. :)

  • ThomasL Oct 7, 2013

    Figured this thing would screw the week and it did.So much for the leaves in the mountains already heard the rain and winds have made most drop.And we Were going up there Wednesday,not now don't want to.waste money on gas motel and eats to sit inside and watch rain.

  • Southern Girl Oct 7, 2013

    So glad the rains came....and the lawns with their new seeds loved it!

  • baldchip Oct 7, 2013

    WE need the rain-a good soaking rain!!

    I've been 13 days in Clayton since the last rain. Our yard was getting hard, dry, and dusty!!

  • 678devilish Oct 7, 2013

    So blessed to see the rain. It has been dry. So no complaining, please.

  • GravyPig Oct 7, 2013

    "So Liebe - if you hadn't of posted your trivial spin, I would have continued on to the next story. Thanks"

    It's not trivial and it's not his spin. Go read the other articles about the storm in the Gulf. So many people talking smack about the WRAL weather team. Although none of them could do a better job with their predictions.

    It's just refreshing to not see someone complain about the imperfect science of weather prediction.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 7, 2013

    Liebe - "...complete silence from the people whining about the WRAL weather team always being wrong."

    The only time I hear complaining about that is when the WT is WAYYY off which they usually are not!!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Oct 7, 2013

    Love it! Especially because there's rain with no lightning, hail, high winds, etc. etc.

    I love the rain when it's gentle. You can almost hear the plants sighing with relief at the moisture. LOL

  • foodstamptrader Oct 7, 2013

    Man, we are getting a deluge in Chapel Hill (all morning). Thunder and downpours last 30 minutes. Flooding downtown beginning...

  • dcshadows Oct 7, 2013

    Always? Not quite sure who would say Always! That would be Always wrong if stated that way. The truth is, that they use at least 3 - 5 models and they go with the most realistic to the best of their understanding. I would however say they are 60% inaccurate in totality due to the uncontrollable nature our Weather is. They are close to 100% accurate as they can be any given day but can never be perfect in this game we call "Guessing the Weather". So Liebe - if you hadn't of posted your trivial spin, I would have continued on to the next story. Thanks