Showers clear for cooler weekend

Posted April 12, 2013 5:13 a.m. EDT
Updated April 12, 2013 3:46 p.m. EDT

— A line of heavy rain and thunderstorms moved through central North Carolina early Friday, but much of the area avoided the severe weather that plagued the Midwest and Deep South in the last 48 hours.

Strong storms arrived in the Triangle about 5 a.m., and the heaviest precipitation began clearing Wake, Durham and Johnston counties about 8 a.m.

Spotty showers continued through the early afternoon as temperatures pushed toward the 80-degree mark.

Skies had cleared by 4 p.m. as dry air filtered into the area, and overnight lows will dip to near 50 degrees.

The weekend will be beautiful, with highs climbing into the low 70s both Saturday and Sunday under mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will inch upward early next week, and the next chance for rain showers arrives Monday.