Shifting fronts bring chance of rain Thursday, Friday

Posted April 20, 2016 11:48 a.m. EDT

— A cold front hovering over North Carolina on Wednesday will push north on Thursday, dragging a warm front and possible isolated showers into the Triangle.

The backdoor cold front that crept down from the Northeast will do a quick about-face on Thursday to bring the slight chance of wet weather.

"It's going to put us back into some slightly warmer air," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "It will move us into a little more unstable, unsettled air mass."

Wednesday's clear, dry weather could be interrupted on Thursday by a 20 percent chance of light, scattered rain. As the warm front moves out and another cold front moves in on Friday, though, the possibility of rain jumps sharply to 60 percent.

"Here comes our cold front on Friday," Gardner said. "A chance of some scattered thunderstorms—none of those likely to be severe or strong. But that's going to bring us our best chance of rain all week."

Gardner said the rain could linger into Saturday morning, but the skies will clear in through the afternoon.