Triangle to Get Rain; Thunderstorms Possible

Posted February 17, 2008 9:29 a.m. EST
Updated February 17, 2008 11:35 p.m. EST

— The Triangle is expected to get some much needed rainfall late Sunday and early Monday.

Numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms will pass over the heart of central North Carolina through 1:30 a.m. Monday. Once the rain begins, it will persist for one to two hours. Stronger storm patches will also produce gusty winds up to 40 mph.

“This round of rain is now making its way all the way into the western part of the state and it will continue to track towards the east. It looks like the best chance for seeing the strong thunderstorms with the potential of seeing that heavy rain, bringing down some of those winds from the upper part of the atmosphere won’t be until later on tonight,” WRAL Meteorologist Kim Deaner said.

Showers will likely linger through Monday's morning rush hour and begin clearing out in the afternoon.

The system could bring 0.4 inches of rain to Fayetteville, 0.82 inches to Raleigh and 1.5 inches to Wilmington.

A dry, cold front will follow on Monday, reinforcing lower temperatures throughout the week.

Mild highs in the low to mid 60s Sunday and Monday – and an overnight low of 59 degrees – will give way to a high of 46 degrees and a low of 28 degrees on Tuesday. Temperatures will rebound slightly into the mid 50s on Wednesday and Thursday.