Cold front brings threat for severe weather Monday

Posted June 24, 2018 3:05 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:18 a.m. EDT

— Storms moved through North Carolina on Sunday evening and Monday will bring another chance for severe weather.

Storms largely stayed to the south and east of the Triangle on Sunday, dropping temperatures by about 10 degrees in some places, including Fayetteville. Some storms did move through Wake County, though, bringing some much needed rain.

Storms caused damage in Benson as a tree fell on Benson Elementary School and another hit the town's parks and recreation building. Authorities said no injuries were reported, but fire crews received 21 calls about the damage in just two hours. Reported damage ranged from downed trees and power lines to roofs torn off buildings.

WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said that storms remain possible overnight as a cold front moves in, but the better chance for rain will be Monday.

"Overnight tonight, we can't rule out a shower or storm because of the front coming in," he said.

The area is under a Level 1 risk on a five-level scale for severe weather on Monday, with a chance for strong winds, hail, heavy rain and the potential for a tornado.

7-Day Forecast

Maze said the position of the front will dictate which regions will see the most severe weather, but rain likely won't start until the late afternoon or evening.

Following the rain, temperatures will cool down a bit on Tuesday, with a forecast high of only 80 degrees.

"If we have enough cloud cover and rain, it could stay in the 70s all day," Maze said.

Things will quickly heat up again though, with temperatures back in the 90s by Thursday.