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Level 1 threat for severe weather on Friday before nice-looking Memorial Day weekend

Posted May 21, 2020 5:34 p.m. EDT
Updated May 21, 2020 6:27 p.m. EDT

— If we can get through one more day of rain and the potential for severe weather, we can finally start to dry out, warm up and enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.

Most of the state will be under a Level 1 threat for severe weather on Friday. Meteorologist Kat Campbell said the chance for severe weather is similar to what we experienced on Thursday with the chance for damaging wind gusts and maybe some hail.

"There will be a chance for isolated strong to severe storms (Friday), similar to (Thursday)," Campbell said.

Thursday evening, the National Weather service confirmed a magnitude 0.0 tornado touched down just south of Plank Road in east-central Hoke County, about five miles northeast of Siler City.

Confirmed tornado touches down in Hoke County

Some areas will begin to clear out by 8 a.m. Friday with temperatures reaching into the upper 70s. The chance for rain and some storms will return by 5 p.m. Friday and linger into the evening before it finally starts to stop raining and we can begin to dry out.

Rainfall 24 Hours, DMA

The Triangle area has already seen a bevy of rain with locations like Fayetteville (4.7 inches), Raleigh (5) and Durham (6.2) seeing slow and steady rain over the last 72 hours. That has led to rivers and creeks filling up and creating some isolated flooding in low-level areas.

"There are big changes in sight, and they are going to start (Friday)," Campbell said. "More sunshine in the forecast, but we are going to be watching for the potential for strong to severe storms again."

The chance for rain will begin to lower on Saturday as the temperatures begin to rise. We'll have a 30 percent chance for isolated showers on Saturday and a 20 percent chance on Sunday. Temps will hover around 80-85 degrees.

For Memorial Day Monday, temps will be in the upper 70s to low 80s. The temperatures will continue to rise with it being in the mid- to upper 80s by Thursday.

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