Thursday, March 26, 2009

Update on Rain and Weekend Storm Chance

Light rain showers began across central North Carolina late yesterday, and now rain will continue off and on through the rest of the week and into the weekend.

The latest rainfall outlook through the weekend posted above shows much of our area could still see a couple of inches of rain. The western Carolinas could see over three inches, while parts of Alabama and Georgia could see over five inches!

Severe weather has been ongoing since last night across the Gulf coast states. There are reports this morning for early morning tornadoes in Mississippi and some storm damage in Alabama. The severe weather threat will continue along the Gulf coast this afternoon. Here in North Carolina, we'll just see occasional showers today and tomorrow with the possibility for just some isolated thunder.

Our chances for strong to severe thunderstorms will come late Saturday afternoon, Saturday night, and early Sunday when a line of storms will move across the Carolinas. The Storm Prediction Center has much of the southeast including all of the Carolinas outlined for a slight risk of severe weather Saturday.

Damaging straight line winds, hail, and tornadoes will be possible in the slight risk area. Details to the severe weather threat and timing still need to be ironed out. Stay tuned to News 14 Carolina for the latest in our Weather on the Ones updates.
Late March is often an active time for severe weather in the southeast. It is interesting to note that this Saturday will mark the 25th anniversary of one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in the Carolinas. More on the 1984 Carolinas Outbreak tomorrow here on the blog...

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