Friday showers make way for severe weekend storms

Posted June 3, 2016 7:04 a.m. EDT
Updated June 3, 2016 10:53 p.m. EDT

— Friday afternoon thunderstorms will prove to be a precursor for a wet and stormy weekend that has the potential for severe weather.

The first of a pair of cold fronts will be weak but will make enough of a disturbance to bring isolated thunderstorms across the Triangle on Friday and Saturday. As the weekend progresses, a stronger front will bring more widespread rain.

Heavy downpours across central North Carolina prompted the National Weather Service to issue Flash Flood Warning Friday afternoon in Hoke and Cumberland counties.

Maze said severe weather will abstain from the Triangle area overnight, but the chance of storms is possible Saturday.

Temperatures will reach the 90s Saturday with lows in the mid-70s.

Sunday will be welcomed by cooler temperatures, with numbers dropping into the low 80s, maze said.

A strong jet stream will enter the state Sunday, which will bring along thunderstorms that have the potential to become severe.

“We’re going to have the front upon us, plus the upper-level winds," Maze said. "The jet stream is going to be in such a configuration that we have a good potential for strong to severe thunderstorms that afternoon.”

Most counties in the northeastern part of the state—especially along the Interstate 95 corridor—will be under and enhanced risk for severe weather.

The "enhanced risk" is the third level in a five-level rating system.

“[This is] quite unusual for the month of June," Maze said. "This is a set up we’d normally see in March and April, but not June.”

After the storms move out, temperatures will stay in the 80s for the rest of the week with plenty of sun and low humidity.