Triangle cloudy, some storms to south

Posted December 17, 2012 6:47 a.m. EST
Updated December 17, 2012 1:22 p.m. EST

— The sun peeked through at mid-day Monday over the Triangle to provide a brief respite in an otherwise cloudy day. Those clouds will build back in through the afternoon and some rumbles of thunder may follow, said WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson.

An area of upper-level energy will bring the chance for some of those storms to become severe, Johnson said, but that chance is most likely toward the state line. 

"We will add another quarter of an inch to half an inch in the Raleigh area by Tuesday morning," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

South of the Triangle, including parts of southern Harnett and Lee counties, will see an elevated risk of severe weather. The risk will last into Monday night. Between a half-inch and an inch of rain could fall.

"Then, Tuesday is much quieter," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

Tuesday and Wednesday will see pleasant weather, with a good deal of sunshine and highs in the low to mid 60s. That mild stretch will come to an end on Thursday, when a second cold front comes through and sparks a chance for showers and storms again.

"It's really cold for the arrival of winter on Friday," Maze said.

Friday will see a high around 49 degrees and a low around the freezing mark. Temperatures will pop back up into the mid 50s as sunshine reigns for the weekend.