Downpours possible in Central NC Saturday

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Heavy downpours are expected Saturday afternoon after storms swept through Central North Carolina on Friday night.

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The National Weather Service issued a Special Weather Statement for Central North Carolina about the storms, which could contain pea-sized hail and wind gusts to 35 mph.

The weather service said that people engaged in outdoor activities, and particularly those boating on area lakes, should be alert for the storms and take precautions.

On Friday, several severe thunderstorm warnings popped up, and a flash flood warning was issued for Wake County, though it was later canceled.

At one point in northern Wake County, 1,800 customers were without power.

Several roads had problems with flooding, including interstates, and some traffic lights were out.

A lightning strike caused a house fire about 8:30 p.m. Friday on Tanglewood Drive off of Glenwood Avenue near Crabtree Valley Mall. The fire was quickly contained and no one was injured, officials said.

 


After another warm and muggy day across central North Carolina, the weather pattern will remain stuck in neutral through Father’s Day weekend. The high temperature in the Triangle reached 88 on Friday and the Sandhills warmed to 91.

Hot and humid air along with a trough of low pressure nearby will allow a few PM showers and storms to develop each day. Highs will stay in the upper 80s to near 90 over the weekend.

A cold front will finally approach late Monday, so scattered PM storms will be possible. That front will stall to our east and start to wash out along the coast by Tuesday so a shower or storm will still be possible. Highs on Tuesday will drop back to the middle 80s behind the front.

Wednesday will be partly sunny and mainly dry with just a slight risk of a PM shower or storm. Incidentally, the summer solstice is on Wednesday, June 21. The sun’s most direct rays will be the farthest north all year at 23½ degrees north along the Tropic of Cancer. This will occur shortly after midnight at 12:24 am.

As of now it looks like typical summer weather for next Thursday with partly sunny skies and an isolated PM storm possible. Friday looks mostly sunny and dry at this point with high temperatures near 90. There is a disturbance trying to develop in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Most models have the system, if it even develops, keeping any moisture well to our southwest and not impacting our area, so that should keep any widespread rain chances away.

Tonight will have a chance of evening storms, then it will be mostly cloudy and muggy overnight. The overnight low will be 72. Winds will be south 5 to 8 mph. The rain risk will be 40 percent.

Saturday will be cloudy to partly sunny with scattered PM showers and storms possible. The high will be 88. Winds will be south 5 to 10 mph. The rain risk will be 50 percent.

Saturday Night will be mostly cloudy with mainly evening scattered showers and storms. The overnight low will be 71. Winds will be south 5 to 12 mph. The rain risk will be 50 percent.

Sunday, Father’s Day will be partly sunny with a few PM showers or storms possible. The high will be 89. Winds will be southwest 8 to 15 mph. The rain risk will be 30 percent.

Monday will have clouds and sun with PM scattered showers and storms. The high will be 88, after a morning low of 72. The rain risk will be 40 percent.

Tuesday will be cloudy to partly sunny with a few showers or storms possible. The high will be 86, after a morning low of 71. The rain risk will be 40 percent.

Wednesday will be partly sunny with just a slight risk of a PM shower or storm. The high will be 87, after a morning low of 67. The rain risk will be 20 percent.

Thursday will be partly sunny with a very small chance of a PM shower or storm. The high will be near 90 after a morning low of 70. The rain risk will be 10 percent.

Friday will be mostly sunny. The high will be 90, after a morning low of 71.

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