RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The severe weather threat for central North Carolina has gone down, but is not gone for storms moving through late Thursday night. The CBS 17 Storm Team Alert for Thursday night has been dropped.

An upper-level disturbance moving through North Carolina late Thursday night could trigger a storm. There is now a Marginal Risk of severe weather for most of central North Carolina. Damaging wind gusts and large hail are still the most likely threats, but the storms will be isolated and not very widespread

The timing of any severe storm will be from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. At this time, a stray tornado is not likely but cannot be ruled out either.

Ahead of any storms this afternoon, conditions will be hot and dry as our area heads into the 90s.

Storms will be gone by Friday morning as temperatures start off around 70° before another very hot day with highs Friday afternoon near 96°.

Stay with CBS 17 as the Storm Team fine-tunes the forecast and keeps you prepared.