Rain Expected Overnight Saturday, Early Sunday

Posted April 19, 2008 10:43 a.m. EDT
Updated April 20, 2008 6:48 a.m. EDT

— Though most of Saturday was warm with no rain in the Triangle area, expect a change as scattered thunderstorms were expected to move in overnight and into Sunday.

A frontal boundary moving in from the west will bring hit-or-miss showers.

During Saturday evening there were two reports of a tornado touching down. The first was at 8:20 p.m. in Fallston. According to the National Weather, several witnesses reported seeing the tornado, which caused downed trees, the partial collapse of a barn and ripped shingles off of several roofs.

At 8:45 p.m., a tornado was reported in Lincolnton. The tornado caused downed trees and power lines and damaged a few homes.

In addition to the tornados, Davie, Rowan and Lincoln counties all reported hail.

Rainfall will intensify during the nighttime hours as a little low-pressure wave begins to form along that front in association with the approach of an upper-level low from the Midwest.

WRAL Meteorologist Chris Thompson said the system would not bring heavy amounts of rain overnight.

On Sunday, the front will virtually stall a little west of the Triangle, creating the best chance for significant rainfall.

Between half-an-inch and a full inch of rain could fall by Sunday evening. The largest amounts will likely be recorded in the region around Raleigh and Fayetteville, as well as east to the coast.

A chance of thunderstorms persists through Monday, and light rain could also fall on Tuesday.