Severe storms possible Saturday

Posted January 9, 2014 11:25 p.m. EST
Updated January 11, 2014 7:56 a.m. EST

Doppler - Central NC

— Heavy rain fell throughout central North Carolina Friday evening, as a line of thunderstorms swept across the area, making way for a warmer, but stormy Saturday.

On Saturday, as highs climb close to the 70-degree mark, the Triangle will see the potential for some gusty winds and thunderstorms, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.  

Some of the storms could be severe, and the entire eastern half of North Carolina is under an elevated risk for heavy rain, potentially damaging winds, hail and even isolated tornadoes. Rain chances will increase through the morning Saturday, with the best chance for thunderstorms coming in the afternoon and evening.  

"It looks like these storms could certainly produce some strong gusty winds and heavy rain," Fishel said. "But we also have small risks for hail and tornadoes. And we could end up with 1 to 2 inches of rain in some areas by the end of the day. Be sure to keep an eye out on the radar during the day."

Sunday will be clear and cooler, as high temperatures return to the mid-50s under sunny skies.

"If you have a choice this weekend as to what day to head outside and do things, Sunday is the day to choose," Fishel said. "It will be cooler, but it will be sunny." 

Sunshine will stay put on Monday, and the next chance for rain showers arrives Tuesday.