Wet weekend begins with Friday showers

Posted May 15, 2009 9:24 a.m. EDT
Updated May 15, 2009 6:01 p.m. EDT

— A few showers started popping up north of the Triangle Friday afternoon, the first of a series of storms and rain showers that are likely to roll across North Carolina this weekend.

The sun peeked through an "ominous" and "gloomy" sky Friday morning, but "a good chance of thunderstorms" started at lunchtime and will continue through the evening, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. The chance of severe weather, though, is low.

That will be fueled by a nearly stationary front in the western Piedmont and a low off the coast pushing in moisture from the Atlantic.

Southeasterly winds off the Atlantic will keep the air muggy and temperatures warm, with a high in the low 80s.

For the weekend, "keep the umbrella handy," Gardner advised. "We're going to be dodging the rain most of the weekend."

The best chance for dry weather is Saturday morning, but thunderstorms will kick up in the afternoon. Rain could fall throughout Sunday, from mid-morning through the evening.

"It could be a pretty good rainmaker for us. We may end up with somewhere from half-an-inch to an inch with that system Sunday," Gardner said.

The weekend will also end with a dramatic cool down. As the front pushes through the state Sunday, temperatures could fall quickly from the low 70s into the 50s.