Storms give way to high fire danger

February 25, 2012 6:25:14 AM PST
A quick but powerful line of storms that moved through Friday is well clear of the area, leaving behind it fire danger serious enough that the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for areas including Durham and Raleigh.

A strong line of thunderstorms swept through the Triangle Friday evening as a cold front crossed North Carolina.

The treacherous conditions caused several accidents around the Triangle, but no major injuries or damage was reported.

The worst of the downpour lasted for just minutes, but it was enough to create headaches for many drivers. An SUV overturned on Interstate 540 and Capital Boulevard. There were also reports of some downed trees.

The weekend will turn much colder. Lows will drop into the 40s and even upper 30s off to the west.

Temperatures will be around 20 degrees colder Saturday and it will remain windy out of the west and northwest. Despite plenty of sunshine, the temperatures will not climb much and remain below normal for both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday will see less in the way of wind, but the chill will remain. The sunshine will mix with clouds Sunday.

Still, because of low humidity, wind, and dry vegetation, the National Weather Service put us at a risk for critical fire danger on Saturday.

Temperatures will bounce back to normal by Monday and even climb above normal by Tuesday. There could be a little wet weather Tuesday as warmer, more moist air returns. The better chance for rain will be on Wednesday as another cold front approaches the area.

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