Sticky weather, chance for storms through Saturday

Posted June 27, 2014 6:58 a.m. EDT
Updated June 27, 2014 1:26 p.m. EDT

— Showers and thunderstorms are likely across central and eastern North Carolina Friday afternoon due to a stationary cold front that has settled over the state, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

"Some of our storms could produce heavy rain at times, and we have a 70 percent chance of storms," she said

Clouds will linger across the area throughout the day, helping keep daytime highs in the upper 80s, a few degrees cooler than the last few days, but oppressive humidity will keep conditions uncomfortable

The weather story will be similar on Saturday, as clouds keep temperatures a bit cooler before showers and thunderstorms start to form during the afternoon. The chance for rain on Saturday is between 50 and 60 percent, Gardner said. 

"We have a moist flow of air coming off the Atlantic which should keep cloud cover present," Gardner said. 

Heavy rain is possible Saturday afternoon.

"By the time we get to Saturday night, some parts of the Triangle could see up to 1 inch of rain," she said. "Areas that see heavier storms, especially to our south and east, could see closer to 2 inches."

Sunshine will return Sunday, and temperatures will be back in the low 90s by the beginning of next week.