Holiday weekend to be mostly sunny

Posted May 23, 2009 10:09 a.m. EDT
Updated May 23, 2009 8:06 p.m. EDT

— A few isolated rain showers and storms could threaten the weekend, but for the most part, a ridge of high pressure will shield outdoor activities in central and eastern North Carolina through Memorial Day.

"We've got a beautiful start to the weekend," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said – and he thinks the good weather will hold out for Memorial Day.

A mix of sun and clouds drifted over the state Saturday, as temperatures rose to the mid 80s.

"We do have that slight chance of afternoons and early evenings of a passing sprinkle, shower or isolated thunderstorm in spots. But it shouldn't mess up too many plans for the weekends," Moss said.

Sunday and Monday will follow a similar pattern. Clockwise winds blowing around an off-shore center of high pressure will keep moisture building to the north and west from the eastern half of North Carolina.

"The better chance of showers and storms will be to the west," Moss said. "From the Triangle area eastward, (there's) a much lesser chance, especially to the coast."

That doesn't mean that eastern North Carolina won't see some rain drops, but "they're probably going to be few and far between," he said.