RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — As dangerous Hurricane Irma continues to impact the state of Florida, the track of Irma keeps the storm away from North Carolina. The confidence is high in the forecast track on Monday and Tuesday. Although the center of the storm will be far to our west, some impacts will still be felt.
Hurricane Irma has weakened overnight to a Category 1 Hurricane just north of Tampa. Irma will move north-northwest into southwestern Georgia and Alabama on Monday, gradually weakening to a Tropical Storm. As Irma continues to move northwest, it will weaken even more to a Tropical Depression and eventually a remnant low as it moves into western Tennessee early Wednesday. This means impacts will be low for central North Carolina. About ½ inch to 2 inches of rain will be possible. The higher amounts will be southwest of the Triangle.
Winds will not reach Tropical Storm strength in central North Carolina, but it will be breezy with gusts possibly as high as 30 to 35 mph. There is a Wind Advisory in effect from 12 PM Monday to 4 AM Tuesday for Cumberland, Hoke and Moore Counties. In the areas under the advisory, winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
Monday morning, clouds will thicken across the state with showers developing, but mainly in the afternoon. Showers and breezy conditions will be around Monday night and Tuesday. The heaviest rain will likely move into the area overnight Monday into early Tuesday morning.
On Wednesday skies should be partly cloudy and warmer. On Thursday and Friday, it will be partly sunny and warm with a slight risk of a PM shower or storm each day as a bit of remnant moisture from Irma moves across the southeast.
Monday will be cloudy and breezy with showers developing during the afternoon. The high will be 71; winds will be northeast 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. The rain risk will be 40 percent.
Tuesday will be cloudy and breezy with showers likely and a slight risk of a storm. The high will be 78, after a morning low of 64. The rain risk will be 80 percent.
Wednesday will be partly sunny with a high of 84, after a morning low of 65. The rain risk will be 10 percent.
Thursday will be partly sunny with a risk of a shower or storm. The high will be 83, after a morning low of 66. The rain risk will be 30 percent.
Friday will be partly sunny with a slight risk of a PM shower or storm. The high will be 84, after a morning low of 65. The rain risk will be 20 percent.
Next Saturday will also be partly sunny with a slight risk of a PM shower or storm. The high will be 83, after a morning low of 66. The rain risk will be 20 percent.
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This forecast was prepared by the WNCN weather team and is based on the latest information available and years of weather forecasting in North Carolina. It was not produced by a computer like many forecasts you find on the web, social media and smarts phone apps.