Risk of strong winds, isolated tornadoes for Central NC on Friday

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Storms on Friday are expected to bring a risk of damaging winds and the possibility of isolated tornadoes.  Heavy rain and dangerous lightning will move in from the southwest after 4 a.m. and cause disruptive weather for most during the Friday morning commute.

Much of central North Carolina is at a marginal risk of severe weather for Friday morning, but late Thursday night weather experts elevated the southwest portion of central North Carolina elevated to slight risk. Marginal is lowest of five categories of risk for such weather; slight is second lowest.

The storms will be triggered by a cold front and area of low pressure coming from the Midwest.

While the strongest storms are expected to move through in the morning Friday, there could still be a few scattered rain showers Friday afternoon.


Rain is expected to move out and skies should clear by Friday night and remain that way into the weekend. Despite a cold front moving through behind the storms, temperatures will actually warm into the 70s Friday and this weekend.

Be sure to download our WNCN Weather app for the latest video and hour by hour forecast updated personally by the WNCN weather team in addition to interactive and futurecast radar.

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