This week’s spring-like temperatures have led us right into a chance of spring-like thunderstorms. A line of severe storms moved through Thursday afternoon with many reports of trees down and power outages. A funnel cloud was even seen near Castalia in Nash County. Heavy rains accompanied the storms and many creeks and streams have risen above their banks. A Flood Watch remains in effect through Thursday evening.
The Triangle is now on the western edge of the greatest severe risk. Areas from I-85 northward are no longer under a severe weather threat. However, the Storm Prediction Center has outlined an “Enhanced Risk” (level 3 of 5) southeast of the Triangle to the coast. This is very unusual for early February.
The primary concern will be damaging straight-line wind gusts over 60 mph. Isolated tornadoes will also be possible, embedded within the line of storms.
It will be windy on Thursday also, even in areas where the storms have passed.
Total rainfall amounts will generally fall in the 2″-4″ range across central North Carolina.
Areas along and west of US-1 will pick up the greatest amounts — that’s where the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch until 1:00am.
If you live in (or regularly drive through) a flood-prone location, be ready to quickly react to any Flash Flood Warnings that are issued.
After some lingering showers early Friday morning, we’ll see the sun break through in the afternoon. It will be cool all day, with temperatures stuck in the 50s.
And it will be breezy again throughout the day on Friday.