Maze: Rain gear 'essential' for Thursday

Posted February 2, 2016 10:54 p.m. EST
Updated February 3, 2016 10:46 p.m. EST

— Heavy rain and high winds pushed into the Triangle Wednesday afternoon, bringing more than an inch of rain to Raleigh, but more rain is on the way, according to WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

The strong line of storms that resulted in a few severe thunderstorm warnings and caused tornadoes to touch down in South Carolina and Georgia Wednesday afternoon has moved east. Maze said that the cold front associated with the storm will stall near the coast, and could result in another half an inch of rain for the Triangle by Thursday night.

“Be sure to have your rain gear with you tomorrow, it’s going to be essential,” he said.

High temperatures reached 68 degrees Wednesday as warm, moist air pushed into the region ahead of the system.

Temperatures will remain mild overnight Wednesday, but on Thursday, temperatures will start out at 58 degrees in the morning before falling throughout the day.

“Even though it may feel mild in the morning, keep your jacket handy because it will get cooler throughout the day and rain will remain in the forecast,” Maze said.

Temperatures drop to about 50 degrees by 4 p.m., Maze said.

Highs Friday will be in the upper 40s to near 50 degrees, and weekend temperatures will be in the 50s.

Maze said the next chance for precipitation arrives for Super Bowl Sunday, with the possibility for some wet snowflakes to fall around the area.

“We’ll be watching that day,” he said.