Chances for severe weather ends, cooler temperatures on the way
Posted September 27, 2020 6:11 a.m. EDT
Updated September 29, 2020 11:38 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — The chances for severe weather have died down in the Triangle and other parts of central North Carolina after a somewhat active Tuesday.
A severe thunderstorm warning issued for Wayne and Wilson counties until 9:45 p.m. ended as a majority of the severe weather continues to move east. Johnston and Sampson County were also part of the alert but the threat there expired at 9:15 p.m.
The alert came as a line of storms from near Smithfield to nine miles southwest of Clinton. It was moving at 25 mph as of 8:45 p.m. WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth reported issues of some trees down in Sampson County Tuesday night from the storms.
Once the storms subsided, the attention turns to the chance for heavy rain and some gusty winds through early Wednesday and a much cooler feel as a cold front moves through the area. As the cold front moved through, lingering showers from the front could continue into the early hours of Wednesday.
Earlier Tuesday, the northern half of Person County and Chatham County were under severe thunderstorm warnings, which have since expired. The warning in Chatham County came after areas around Asheboro saw strong storms move through that area.
Meteorologist Kat Campbell said there was a report of at least one tree down in Chatham and Orange counties. Overall, there was no widespread report of damage as of early Tuesday night.
"Overall, the threat for severe weather is starting to go down," Campbell said. "It's not at zero, but this is transitioning more to a flooding risk as opposed to a severe weather risk (Tuesday) evening."
Campbell said wind gusts up to 30 mph could continue before the rain tapers off. Overnight, temperatures were expected to be between 20-30 degrees lower than the previous night.
Much of the eastern half of North Carolina was under a Level 1 threat for severe weather, and isolated flooding, heavy downpours and damaging winds are all possible.
Temperatures got into the low 80s on Tuesday, but the cold front was expected to change things for the remainder of the week.
Wednesday will be mostly dry and sunny with a high temperature in the low 70s.
"It will be a beautiful day," Gardner said.
A secondary cold front will pass on Thursday and this will bring the more significant shot of cooler air with it.
Temperatures dip even more for Thursday, Friday and the weekend, which will be sunny and brisk. Highs will remain in the low 70s for Thursday and Friday but will drop into the mid 60s for Saturday and Sunday.