Damaging Winds, Isolated Tornadoes Possible Tonight

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Severe thunderstorms will continue to impact Central North Carolina this evening. Damaging winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes are possible. The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for our viewing area until 10p.m.

A strong upper-level low pressure system will stall out over the Ohio Valley this evening, pulling in abundant moisture northward across the mid-Atlantic.

Showers will continue tomorrow, but drier air will begin to wrap around this system. That dry air will help to decrease our shower chances as we head into the weekend, with just a stray shower possible Friday.

This upper-level low will finally get pulled northward over the weekend which will allow sunshine to return. Temperatures will bottom out around normal on Saturday, in the wake of a cold front, and will remain seasonable heading into next week.
The weekend and into early next week should be great!

In the tropics, we are watching Tropical Storm Matthew now impacting the Windward Islands. The National Hurricane Center Track takes the storm west, into the Caribbean Sea and then curves it back over Jamaica, putting it just off the East coast of Florida by early next week. We will need to monitor the path of this storm closely into next week. Some models take the storm off the North Carolina coast by late-week. It's still too early to be definitive. We will continue to refine the forecast in the coming days.

Have a great evening!
Liz Horton

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