Showers move in to dampen Election Day

Posted November 6, 2018 5:22 a.m. EST
Updated November 6, 2018 2:14 p.m. EST

— A humid Tuesday caused problems at the polls indoors before the rain from a line of showers and storms even reached the Triangle.

"We should see a brief round of showers and perhaps thunder as a cold front approaches from the west this afternoon," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Showers began just before 2 p.m. in the western part of the Triangle.

Another line of storms is possible as the front passes between 7 and 8 p.m., WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.

Isolated strong or severe storms are possible, with the greatest risk for northeastern North Carolina and eastern Virginia, she said.

Winds across central North Carolina could gust at 25 to 35 mph as the front passes, with even higher gusts along the North Carolina-Virginia border.

The front was moving across the state Tuesday afternoon from west to east at about 30 mph, Wilmoth said.

After the rain has passed Tuesday evening, clear skies and seasonable temperatures are on the way.

"It will be cooler tonight and less muggy tomorrow," Wilmoth said.

Wednesday's high will be about 70 degrees. Thursday's forecast calls for 64 degrees.

Temperatures take a plunge this weekend, with overnight lows dipping to the mid-30s although the skies stay mostly clear.