Slow cold front brings chance of thunderstorms ahead of crisp fall weather

Posted September 27, 2016 7:19 a.m. EDT
Updated September 27, 2016 8:15 a.m. EDT

— Storm clouds moving toward the coast could develop into spotty thunderstorms on Tuesday ahead of a cold front pushing over the mountains.

A first wave of storms rolled through the middle part of the state overnight. But the clouds ran out ahead of a cold front and lost much of their energy, said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

"With some daytime heating we'll likely have more thunderstorms develop and move out ahead of this (cold) front," Gardner said. "And boy it's going to be a slow-moving front."

The front won't clear the area until late Wednesday or Thursday, Gardner said, and it could bring more showers and thunderstorms through then.

With the stormy morning came warm temperatures and high dew points, too. Once the cold front finally moves out, though, Gardner said the region could get a real taste of fall weather.

"It almost feels like summer again this morning," Gardner said. "That's not going to last. We have some very refreshing air coming toward the end of the week and some much cooler morning lows."