Early morning rain, chance of severe weather Friday

Posted March 30, 2017 6:36 a.m. EDT
Updated March 30, 2017 11:53 p.m. EDT

— Rain clouds will make their way through the Triangle beginning early Friday morning to bring a bit of relief to the dry region.

"We start at 4 a.m. That's about the time tomorrow morning that we'll begin to see the rain," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "Likely, it will be with us during the morning commute, and so just plan some extra time."

The bulk of the rain will begin to fizzle out in the afternoon, though Gardner said a few showers could linger through 5 or 6 p.m.

WRAL meteorologist said thunderstorms should come from South Carolina and the western part of North Carolina toward the Triangle.

"As the warm front comes on Friday morning, the direction of the wind across the front will change," Maze said. "It's that rotating rain with height that could lend us some rotation."

While the showers and thunderstorms won't last all day Friday, some of those storms could produce severe weather. Most of eastern North Carolina is under a marginal risk for severe weather, which is a level one of five.

"There is also an isolated chance of a tornado in the east," Maze said "If you're watching from Southern Pines, Fayetteville, or Clinton, you need to be on the lookout Friday morning from about 5 to 7 a.m. for that potential."

"We could see some hail or some wind damage, but the chances of that are fairly slim and the reports should be fairly isolated," Gardner said.

The rest of the day should be clear from storms and partly cloudy skies. Maze said the weather looks good for a beautiful and mild weekend ahead.