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Autumn arrives in NC with fresh batch of showers

Posted July 27, 2021 5:24 a.m. EDT
Updated September 21, 2021 11:31 p.m. EDT

— A rainy Tuesday night will lead to a rainy day on Wednesday.

"We have more rain on the way tomorrow ahead of this front," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. "Behind the front, that's where autumn is right now."

Officially, fall begins at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday.

Rain will be on the radar Wednesday morning through the afternoon. A line of potentially severe storms will come into central North Carolina, but Maze feels the line of storms will slow down and weaken by the time it enters the WRAL viewing area. As of Wednesday night, there is not a big concern for severe weather.

"The front slides on by, we wake up Thursday morning with a small chance for rain, the drier air punches in and it's welcome to fall," Maze said. "It'll feel really nice [Thursday]."

Current Temperatures, DMA

We could see a lull in the rain late Tuesday night through the overnight hours, but we could see more showers develop by 4 or 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, a strong cold front will move through the area, meaning gusty winds, heavy rain and a few strong storms will be possible in the afternoon. The highest chance for rain on Wednesday comes late at night, when the cold front is expected to arrive and a more organized line of showers and thunderstorms develop.

"This isn't likely to get here until after 10 o' clock tomorrow [Wednesday] night," WRAL meteorologist Kat Campbell said.

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On Thursday, drier and cooler weather arrives thanks to a strong cold front.

Fall temperatures for the next 3 days

"The timing is perfect," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "The first day of fall is Wednesday and temperatures will get noticeably cooler after that."
Tuesday and Wednesday's storms are not expected to cause severe weather with thunder and lightning.

Rainfall over the next five days

Thursday will feature a high in the mid 70s, and Friday and Saturday mornings will be in the upper 40s to mid 50s across the WRAL viewing area. The afternoons will be full of sunshine and highs mainly in the 70s.

7-Day Forecast

Tracking the tropics

Two tropical storms formed hours apart in the Atlantic on Sunday and are following similar paths on Tuesday.

Tropical Storm Peter is still holding strong regardless of strong wind shear. It will continue to move north of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, staying away from the U.S.

Tropical Storm Rose will maintain strength as a tropical storm before weakening, again staying away from the U.S.

A tropical wave off the coast of Africa has an 80% chance of development over the next five days and could become a tropical depression this week.

Tropics outlook: Tuesday, Sept. 21

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