Thunderstorms sweep across Triangle

Posted May 13, 2011 8:34 a.m. EDT
Updated May 13, 2011 11:06 p.m. EDT

— A line of severe thunderstorms moved across the Triangle Friday evening, after a warm and muggy day in which high pressure kept rain at bay. As the high pressure ridge weakened after dark, fast-moving storms brought high winds and heavy rain in some locations. Viewers in Fayetteville and Lillington reported hail. 

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More rain, thunder and lightning are possible overnight. 

Scattered showers and even some thunderstorms could dampen the enthusiasm Saturday in Garner when fans turn out to welcome "American Idol" finalist Scotty McCreery. Any outdoor activities could be in jeopardy Saturday afternoon, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.  

On Saturday, a cold front will sweep across the state, creating the possibility for widespread storms from the mid-afternoon into the late evening.

"There is about an 80 percent chance of rain. There is a very good likelihood that storms will develop, especially during the hottest part of the day, between 3 and 7 p.m.," Maze said.

Fans going to the parade and concert for McCreery in Lake Benson Park should be prepared for rain.

"Keep the umbrella with you, the rain coat, whichever thing you like best, and plan to get wet," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"It's going to be pretty wet," Gardner said. "Make sure you're dressed well in your rain gear. And, of course, if we have some thunder and lightning, you're going to have to find a place to go inside."

Maze said the threat of severe storms was slight, with the possibility of high winds and some hail.

The atmosphere should dry out by Sunday afternoon, but the cloud cover remains.