Take your rain gear with you: Friday afternoon, evening could be stormy

— An approaching cold front that could trigger storms around the Triangle Friday afternoon and into the evening will drop temperatures but also come with the chance for torrential downpours, gusty winds and lightning.

The Triangle, and other areas to the north and east, are under a Level 2 risk of severe weather, while areas to the south and west are under a Level 1 risk, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

“It will be much later into the afternoon and evening before we see the thunderstorms developing,” she said at noon.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for several counties, including Durham, Edgecombe, Orange, Person and Wake counties. For a full list of warnings: Click here

Before storms arrive, it will be very hot.

The heat index will range in triple digits for many parts of central North Carolina by 4 p.m., including Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville and Greenville, all of which will have conditions where it will feel like 103 degrees or worse.

Mid-Atlantic Radar

The low temperature Friday will drop to the upper 60s.

Friday marks the start of the high school football season, and some schools have changed their schedules to accommodate the risk of severe weather.

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Friday’s storms followed another disturbance that brought 60-mph gusts, quarter-inch hail and frequent lightning to the area Thursday.

Gardner said after the cold front moves through the region, it will leave much cooler conditions behind.

7-Day Forecast

Saturday is expected to be cloudy, rainy and cool, when temperatures will range only in the mid-70s.

“It will be much cooler,” she said. “What that means for us is more clouds for Saturday and a chance for patchy rain.”

Published at Fri, 23 Aug 2019 21:06:28 +0000

Source: https://www.wral.com/take-your-rain-gear-with-you-friday-afternoon-evening-could-be-stormy/18587022/