Weather

Friday kicks off 'raincoat weekend'

Posted May 1, 2009 8:54 a.m. EDT
Updated May 1, 2009 3:29 p.m. EDT

— Friday's weather was serving up a two-course meal.

After an appetizer of morning showers, afternoon showers were acting as the main entree, with high humidity and gusty winds on the side.

An upper-level disturbance rolled across central North Carolina in the mid-afternoon. It produced a band of spotty, heavy rain that stretched from the South Carolina border to the Virginia border and was moving slowly east.

The possibility of isolated to widespread thunderstorms exists through the evening. The chance of severe weather, though, is low.

"It probably wouldn't hurt to grab the umbrella" for the Friday evening commute and hang onto it for the weekend, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"It looks like a raincoat kind of weekend, especially on Saturday," she said. "I don’t think that I would be planning much on Saturday afternoon, because that will be our best chance of rain most likely."

Temperatures in the low 80s, cloudy skies, high humidity and a good chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms will repeat Saturday.

"On Sunday, we may get a little bit of break, maybe just a few spotty showers and thunderstorms," Gardner said. "If you've got outdoor plans, Sunday may look a little better."