Weekend is damp and cloudy, but warm

Posted March 13, 2010 11:28 a.m. EST
Updated March 13, 2010 4:27 p.m. EST

— The skies over central North Carolina will stay cloudy this weekend, and a chance of rain will persist, but temperatures will stay higher than they have in recent weeks.

Overnight, a few thunderstorms rumbled as four-tenths of an inch of rain fell in Raleigh, and more than six-tenths fell in Fayetteville.

St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Raleigh Saturday will see mostly cloudy skies, temperatures rising to the upper 60s and a slight chance of a shower.

"You're going to feel pretty good today," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. "You may want to have a green umbrella or poncho on later today." But "I wouldn't cancel plans over it," he cautioned.

Some drier air flowed in from the south Saturday morning and could create a few peeks of sunlight into the early afternoon. By the mid-afternoon, a fresh disturbance will move across the state, creating the possibility for more rain.

"We’ve got some modest mid-level moisture that will come in with that disturbance," Moss said. "And combined with the sun heating the ground in spots and destabilizing us, we may see a few showers or isolated storms popping up later in the afternoon."

The chance for widely scattered showers or storms will last until around midnight. Overnight temperatures will dip into the mid 40s.

Sunday will be less humid and a little cooler, with a high in the upper 50s. They'll be a slight chance of a rain shower as clouds linger.