Some storms possible Friday, Saturday

Posted August 21, 2009 9:30 a.m. EDT
Updated August 22, 2009 6:21 a.m. EDT

— The first night of football season could be a wet one for Triangle teams Friday, WRAL meteorologist  Mike Maze said. Showers and thunderstorms are possible through the afternoon and evening, and will linger through Saturday, he said.

A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for southern Virginia through 9 p.m. Some of the storms could become strong or even severe with the main threat being damaging downburst winds. That threat is minimal, Maze said.

"We're seeing some showers moving on by through Durham County and northern Wake County. Mostly we are just looking at run-of-the-mill summer storms," he said.

Another line of storms was producing lightning parallel to Interstate 95 and moving north and east.

Friday was a hot, humid day in central North Carolina, with temperatures pushing the 90-degree mark and relative humidity at 75 percent.

After the rain passes, a cold front will bring cooler temperatures and lower humidity for Sunday and Monday, Maze said.