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Possible tornado spotted in Fayetteville

Posted October 19, 2011 6:46 a.m. EDT
Updated October 20, 2011 7:02 a.m. EDT

— Cool, fall weather made its way into North Carolina Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and the threat of tornadoes to central and eastern counties.

A severe storm cell caused tornado warnings to be issued for Cumberland, Hoke and Scotland counties on Wednesday afternoon. A trained spotter reported seeing a funnel cloud east of Skibo Road in Fayetteville around 6:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

There were no reports of injuries or significant damage.

Rain continued to fall in central North Carolina through early evening as a cold front moved through.

Temperatures will drop into the upper 40s around the Triangle Wednesday night. In the mountains, it'll be cold enough that light snow could fall at elevations above 4,000 feet.

Thursday will dawn cool, mostly clear and less humid, starting a pattern of dry, cool weather. Winds could gust over 30 mph during the day.

"It's going to be gusty," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. "That will add that little bit of extra sting to the coolness out there."

For the rest of the week, "our temperatures cool down, with the 60s for highs and low to mid 40s for overnight lows," WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "It'll stay cool through the weekend and into next week."