Severe weather moves out, cold snap moves in

Posted April 6, 2009 5:22 a.m. EDT
Updated April 7, 2009 1:36 a.m. EDT

— Severe weather, including tornado watches and warnings, moved out of the Triangle Monday afternoon as a cold snap came in to take its place. 

The National Weather Service canceled tornado watches for Wake County and other parts of WRAL's viewing area Monday as two lines of storms left the area.

The first, strongest line moved quickly along Interstate 95. The second line of storms moved east through Wake County and brought heavy rain.

"These storms are moving so fast," said WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Next up for the Triangle's wild weather ride is a cold snap. Temperatures, which hit the mid 80s on Sunday, will dip down to 49 degrees Tuesday.

Monday's afternoon skies will be cloudy and windy with temperatures climbing to the low 70s. Monday night will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 39 degrees as the cold front moves in.

"It is rather unstable," Gardner said.

Temperatures late Tuesday and early Wednesday will drop to the low 30s.

"I wouldn't start planting until early May (just to be sure the cold weather is over)," Gardner said.

The mountains could see a late season snowstorm Monday.

Forecasters say moisture will begin moving in Monday afternoon, and up to 4 inches of snow could fall in higher elevations west of Asheville.