Alert Day: Ida’s remnants could bring storms, possible damaging winds on Wednesday

Alert Day

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The CBS 17 Storm Team has issued an Alert Day for Wednesday due to the chance of severe storms as the leftovers of Ida and a cold front move through central North Carolina.

Much of Central North Carolina has been outlined in a Marginal Risk (level 1 out of 5) for severe weather, while areas along and east of I-95 are outlined in a Slight Risk (level 2 out of 5) for severe weather. Rain bands from remnants of now tropical depression Ida will move through the area bringing gusty winds and heavy rain at times. A few storms could be on the stronger side.

Main threats include damaging downburst winds, localized flooding, and isolated tornadoes in the afternoon and evening Wednesday.

CBS 17’s severe weather outlook as of noon eastern. (CBS Storm Team)
CBS 17’s severe weather outlook as of noon eastern. (CBS Storm Team)

Today will be the first time in 10 days that high temperatures will not be in the 90s. Late Wednesday into Thursday a cold front moves through lowering humidity and temperatures later this week and into the holiday weekend.

The remnant low of Ida will move through Virginia today and to its south the air flow will bring in breezy unstable air. Pair this with a cold front moving through Central North Carolina tonight, there is a chance of a severe storms for the rest of the night.

Most of central North Carolina is now only in a Marginal Risk while areas east of I-95 are still in a Slight Risk.  The main threat will be damaging thunderstorm winds, but a tornado will also be possible in areas in the northeastern part of the state.

There is a Tornado Watch for Northampton County until 7pm. This county is in the extreme southwestern part of the tornado watch that extends all the way to Maryland.

The cold front will move through late in the evening and will end any severe threat, bringing in cooler air for the end of the week. Furthermore, Thursday will become sunny and humidity will become very low, making it a very comfortable day on Thursday to be outside.  

Keep up to date with the forecast and any weather alerts on-air, or right here on CBS17.com and the CBS 17 news app.

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