Tuesday Could Bring Strong Winds, Hail to Triangle

Posted March 3, 2008 12:02 p.m. EST
Updated March 3, 2008 12:50 p.m. EST

— The Triangle has a slight risk of getting some damaging winds and large hail if an expected storm materializes Tuesday afternoon.

“These winds can do the same kind of damage as a small tornado,” said WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

WRAL meteorologists predicted that "a nice couple" of days, with mild temperatures and a lot of sunlight, will start the week off and be followed by showers and thunderstorms Tuesday.

An upper-level ridge dominated over the eastern seaboard Sunday and will continue to drift slowly over the region throughout Monday.

Monday will stay mostly sunny, but grow partly cloudy as the afternoon wears on. Southerly breezes will help raise the temperatures for a high around 70 degrees.

Tuesday will also be warm, with a high of 72 degrees, but a cold front will bring the opportunity for rain later in the day. The precipitation will largely clear out by sunrise, and temperatures will be cooler, dropping back to a high in the 60s on Wednesday and Thursday.