Calmer weather on tap as cool, dry air moves into central NC

Posted April 21, 2015 5:48 a.m. EDT

— Central and eastern North Carolina will dry out and be much cooler on Tuesday as a cold front that produced strong to severe thunderstorms on Monday pushes off the coast.

Several counties were placed under severe thunderstorms warnings overnight, but no major storm damage was reported as the remnants of the moisture pushed out of the Triangle, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"We did have some wind and hail damage reports along the North Carolina-Virginia border Monday afternoon, but our overnight storms didn't produce any major damage," she said.

Behind the passing front, temperatures were dipping quickly early Tuesday. They will settle in the low 50s before sunrise, and daytime highs on Tuesday will only climb into the upper 60s, a few degrees below normal.

"You'll definitely notice the big changes today, because it's going to feel a whole lot less humid," Garddner said. "Cooler, drier air will be filtering in all day."

Overnight lows will dip into the mid-40s early Wednesday, and daytime highs will be cooler for the rest of the work week, fluctuating between the mid-60s and mid-70s.

Scattered afternoon showers are possible on Wednesday, although rain chances won't climb higher than about 30 percent.