N.C. looks set for rainy day

Posted August 19, 2010 9:49 a.m. EDT
Updated August 19, 2010 1:03 p.m. EDT

— There's a good chance that much of central and eastern North Carolina will see scattered showers and even a thunderstorm or two Thursday.

"There's plenty more rain headed our way," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "This is a big, juicy air mass."

A large band of moderate showers meandered across central North Carolina during the morning. The sun might peek through the clouds a few time in the early afternoon, then storms and showers are expected to fire up again.

"Especially as we get into the afternoon and evening, our chance of showers and thunderstorms really goes up," Gardner said.

Counties south and east of the Triangle will have the best chance for storms. The storms could pack frequent lightning and damaging wind gusts.

Some counties saw lots of rain Wednesday night – between 5 and 6 inches in Hoke County – so any more heavy rainfall could cause localized flooding.

A flash flood watch covers 32 counties, including the Triangle, until midnight Friday.

The rain and clouds will keep temperatures cooler, with a high in the mid to upper 80s.