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Storms possible overnight

Posted June 15, 2009 8:51 a.m. EDT
Updated June 16, 2009 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Showers and thunderstorms are likely across the Triangle late Monday, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Heavy rain fell in Durham County where Bob Skinner reported up to three inches of rain had fallen in Bahama by 5:30 p.m. Troy Simmons reported a downpour in Spring Lake during the 5 o'clock hour.

In Wilson and Wayne counties, trees were toppled by a line of storms that passed through Monday afternoon.

"We did have some damage this afternoon and there may be severe storms on tap later this evening," Fishel said. Any storms that pop up bring the danger of damaging winds and large hail.

The chance for rain covers the bulk of the state and lingers overnight, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

The pattern bringing heavy rain was moving largely from northwest to southeast across the state, Fishel said.

Tuesday and Wednesday will see similar weather: overcast skies, rain and isolated storms. The temperatures will stay low, no higher than the upper 70s.

The rain totals from the next three days could be high.

"By midnight (Monday), the model suggests about three-tenths (of an inch) in the Triangle, about two-tenths in Fayetteville, but it really starts to total up during the day tomorrow (Tuesday)," Maze said. "Some locations, by the time 6 o'clock Wednesday morning gets here, could see between 1 to maybe 3 inches of rain."

And after that, the weather will do a dramatic turnabout.

"As the week goes on, the sunshine returns, and by the end of the work week and the weekend, we could be baking," Maze said.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will all see highs in the 90s. Some spots could even get up to 100 degrees on Saturday.