Clouds, rain start week with a chill

Posted March 28, 2010 9:45 a.m. EDT
Updated March 28, 2010 8:43 p.m. EDT

— Overcast skies and an increasing chance of rain will get the week off to a chilly start in central and eastern North Carolina.

Sunday dawned with "a bit of chill in the air," and temperatures won't creep into the low 60s until the late afternoon, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. Meanwhile, clouds will build up, and a few stray showers might drip from the sky, mostly west of the Interstate 95 corridor.

The best chance for rain and storms will begin late Sunday evening.

"We will have a pretty good chance by late this afternoon of sprinkles and showers over western parts of the viewing area," Moss said. "Overnight, there will be an even better chance of perhaps some heavy showers and maybe a slight risk of some strong or severe thunderstorms."

The main threat will damaging wind gusts, possibly up to 60 mph.

The chance for rain and storms will decrease Monday morning but linger throughout the day. Rain totals might reach 1 to 2 inches by Monday evening.

Temperatures will stay lower than recent highs, reaching into the low to mid 60s both Monday and Tuesday. A slight chance of rain sticks around through Tuesday morning.

However, on Wednesday, "a big warm-up" starts, Moss said.

"We'll have sunny skies Wednesday through Saturday," he said. "And by the time we get to Thursday and Friday, we're looking at upper 70s and lower 80s around most of the area."