Storm threat lingers for first half of weekend; pleasant air coming

Posted September 11, 2015 6:47 a.m. EDT
Updated September 11, 2015 6:48 a.m. EDT

— Two cold fronts were sandwiching central and eastern North Carolina early Friday, setting up a 24-hour period that could include a shower or storm before beautiful weather and cooler temperatures arrive for the end of the weekend.

Much of the Triangle will stay dry on the final day of the work week, but areas to the south could see an isolated shower or storm Friday afternoon as a front lingers along the coast.

"The better chances of rain – about 25 percent or so – are south of the Triangle," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "From Raleigh northward, most people will stay dry on Friday."

On Saturday, however, a more potent system will approach from the west, setting up the chance for strong to severe storms during the afternoon and evening.

Storms that do form could include heavy rain and strong winds.

"We're under a marginal risk for severe weather on Saturday afternoon, so if you're headed out to one of several big events, whether it's Hopscotch or the N.C. State football game, be aware of the weather," Gardner said. "Storms will start to fire during the afternoon and linger through the evening."

Behind the front, fall-like temperatures and humidity will arrive for the close of the weekend. Highs Sunday will be in the mid-70s across the entire area, and the pleasant conditions will stay put through the first part of the work week.

Sunshine will dominate during the days, and clear nights will allow low temperatures to dip into the 50s.