Record warmth could precede potentially damaging Wednesday storms

Posted February 28, 2017 9:37 a.m. EST
Updated February 28, 2017 4:50 p.m. EST

A storm front moving through the Southeast on Wednesday will bring an elevated risk of damaging weather to the Triangle, but the area will see one more day of warm weather before that happens.

WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said Tuesday night's temperatures will bring the warmest night of the year so far and Wednesday's forecast high of 83 degrees could break the old record of 82 degrees set in 1997.

Spotty showers are possible overnight Tuesday, but the real threat for strong storms will move through late in the evening on Wednesday.

The front will begin to move into the state between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and will reach the Triangle between 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.. Showers and thunderstorms from the front could produce localized damaging wind and hail.

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An "elevated risk" represents the second of a five-level storm risk system.

“The primary threat will be damaging wind gusts, frequent lightning strikes and perhaps some small hail,” Maze said.

Temperatures cool off toward the end of the week heading into a weekend with low temperatures that could drop into the 20s.

“The concern is for a widespread freeze that could be damaging to some crops Saturday morning,” Maze said.