/Storms may arrive in Triangle by lunchtime, rain begins in Durham

Storms may arrive in Triangle by lunchtime, rain begins in Durham

— The Triangle is under a level 1 threat for severe storms Thursday before much colder temperatures move in. After two days of chilly weather, though, springlike temperatures will return.

According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, a line of severe storms moved through the Charlotte area around 10 a.m. , bringing potential for damaging winds, and may move into the Triangle by lunchtime. Durham was already seeing rain as the system pushed towards the Triangle.

Gardner said it will be a warm, blustery day, with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Rain and storms are expected to move in Thursday afternoon before they clear by 8 or 9 p.m. and cold air moves in.

Gardner said a few of the storms could be close to severe, with gusty winds posing the greatest risk, but severe weather is not likely.

The band of storms is the same one that has caused destruction in Tennessee, where a hillside collapsed, roads were flooded and rivers were rising Tuesday after a day of heavy rains. By the time the storms reach North Carolina, they will be much weaker.

Current Temperatures, DMA

Gardner forecasts two possible lines of rain hitting central North Carolina on Thursday.

The first could move into the Triangle late morning, around 10 or 11 a.m., while the second could move in around 2 or 3 p.m. The best chance for storms will be in the afternoon with most action south and east of the Triangle.

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Rain chances for Thursday

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The big change comes overnight Thursday, when temperatures will fall into the upper 30s and low 40s once the storms have passed.

Valentine’s Day, or Friday, will be a much colder day, especially compared to Thursday’s balmy temperatures. Raleigh’s high of 49 degrees on Friday will be around 20 degrees cooler than it was Thursday, and overnight temperatures will be even colder, with lows in the 20s.

Saturday will also be cold, with a high in the mid 40s. Both days will be sunny and bright before rain and warmer temperatures move in for Sunday.

7-Day Forecast

Fans of warmer weather will be pleased to know that the cold weather this weekend will be very brief, and springlike temperatures will be back next week.