Weather Shift!April 19th, 2013 at 8:41 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
The news has been crazy lately. Luckily the weather has been fairly quiet. That is…until later today. We are still expecting a line of showers and storms to roll through the region this evening and overnight, but there have been a few changes since yesterday. Mostly with the timing.
We are starting this morning with partly cloudy skies and a few spotty showers over northeast North Carolina. The main line of showers and storms was located out towards central Ohio down to northwest Georgia.
A strong cold front was lined up along the line, and both features were steadily moving east. Behind the front temperatures were in the 30s and 40s. Ahead of it, it was in the 50s and 60s. This will be even more dramatic this afternoon with the high temperatures. Take a look!
The line will move into central Virginia & North Carolina by this afternoon. We will see some isolated to scattered showers and storms from the mid morning through the afternoon. Some of these could produce heavy downpours, but remember the chance for rain is only about 30-40% through that time.
By this evening we will see more widespread showers and storms. The chances go up to about 70% between 6pm through 9pm. This is a change from yesterday. This will be the line forming ahead of the front.
The bulk of the rain will fall from 8pm until about 4am. Then it will push more into North Carolina.
We are under a slight risk for severe weather for tonight. Straight-lined winds will be the main threat, although an isolated tornado somewhere in the 2 state region can’t be ruled out. Heavy rain is likely. Between 3am and 9am, it will become more showery weather with gusty winds. The severe threat should diminish during that time, but may linger across the Outer Banks. By mid-morning tomorrow skies will already start clearing out. We’ll be dry for most of Saturday, but it will be much cooler. Highs will only rise to the low 60s. If that sounds cool, then you will be shocked to learn that the highs on Sunday look to be in the upper 50s now. At least it will be mostly sunny out.
We’ll have another chance for scattered showers on Monday with a coastal trough coming in from the ocean. It’s a weak trough of low pressure, but it will have some moisture with it. We won’t warm up much on Monday, but we’ll get back to some 70s by Wednesday.
I was going to camp out tonight with my son for cub scouts, but we had to cancel due to the chance for severe weather. Got to keep the kids safe. We are still on for Saturday though. So we are going to have to prepare for the colder weather ahead. Lows are going to be in the 40s Saturday night.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler