Saturday, April 05, 2008

Heavy Rains and Possible Severe Storms for the Start of Our Weekend


As of this writing (about 1230 pm Saturday), the Eastern half of NC was designated by the Storm Prediction Center as having a slight risk for strong to severe storms for the remainder of the day and into the nighttime hours.

Late friday and early Saturday we had a round of strong to severe storms which produced a good deal of lightning, a number of wind damage reports, especially south and east of the Triangle, a report of large hail (golf-ball sized) in Moore County and a possible EF-zero tornado in Lenoir county (south and east of Goldsboro). The National Weather Service has based that tornado report on preliminary data. Our storms also deposited a much needed rainfall of 1+ inches, and we may see that and more today!

There is a cold front to our west for the start of the weekend, and as it approaches central NC later today we'll continue to see copious amounts of rainfall and some embedded thunderstorms. There is a possibilty that our early afternoon showers could take away some of the energy necessary to produce strong to severe storms. Be sure to check with your Weather on the Ones Forecast Center for more updates as we proceed through the afternoon and evening.

As for Sunday, the cold front wants to stall slightly at the coast to start the day, so we may see persistent clouds and temperatures in the lower 60s. We may also have a weak cold air wedge event to start the week, but it expected to erode quickly. Temperatures by mid week are expected to recover into the 70s.

Enjoy the rain!

Pati Darak,

Weather On The Ones Meteorologist,

News 14 Carolina

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