Isolated tornadoes, heavy rain possible with Thursday's severe weather
Posted February 4, 2020 5:43 a.m. EST
Updated February 5, 2020 8:21 a.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — Severe weather will arrive in central North Carolina late Thursday night, bringing the threat for isolated tornadoes, heavy rain and strong winds.
Wednesday will just be cloudy with rain most likely in the afternoon.
"It's going to be fairly light and patchy rain," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. It will also be a warm day, which a high around 70 degrees in Raleigh.
After another cloudy, warm day on Thursday, much of the state is under a level 2 risk for severe weather starting Thursday night. Gardner expects the storms to arrive in the Triangle between 10 p.m. and midnight Thursday.
Gardner said western counties will see severe weather first, around 9 or 10 p.m., as storms move into the area. The most severe weather could be around 10 or 11 p.m. in the Triangle and around midnight to our east.
According to Gardner, 1 to 3 inches of rain, wind gusts between 50 to 60 mph and isolated tornadoes will be possible overnight Thursday and early Friday morning.
To the west of the Triangle, heaver rain is expected with flash flooding possible. Once the system goes through that part of the state, it is expected to begin to lose some of its punch as it moves east and off our coast by Friday morning.
After the rain moves out Friday morning, we'll be left with cooler days. Highs in the low to mid 50s are expected for Friday and Saturday, but the weekend will be dry.
Heavy rains soaked large parts of Mississippi and Alabama early Tuesday, and two dozen counties in north Georgia will be under a flood watch through Friday morning, where some rainfall amounts could eclipse 5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
The system also has the potential to spawn a few tornadoes in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Wednesday.
Damaging wind gusts and hail will also be threats.
Large parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle were in an area most at risk of severe weather on Wednesday.