Rain Tonight, Cooler this Weekend

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- An approaching area of low pressure and cold front will bring widespread rain and gusty winds across the area tonight.

Timing: The heaviest rain will move through between 9pm-2am.

Threats: An isolated severe storm is possible overnight. Damaging winds will be the main concern. Most of the area is still under a marginal risk, level 1 out of 5. Winds across all of central North Carolina will pick up tonight. Winds could gust as high as 30-40mph.

Rainfall: Some of the rain could be heavy. Rainfall totals will range between .50-1"

High pressure will dry us out behind this storm system Saturday. It will be sunny, but winds will still be breezy. Highs will reach the mid to upper 50s. We cool to the low 50s Sunday.

There will be two features that we have to watch for Monday. The first will be a storm that moves through the Gulf of Mexico this weekend and then cuts across Florida Sunday night and passes east of us Monday.
The second is another trough that moves into Minnesota tomorrow and heads southeast from there.

As that trough swings into the east Sunday night into Monday, it will turn that southern storm to the northeast, and will also be able to tap into some of that moisture, allowing the trough to kick off a couple of showers around the region during the day on Monday. How much rainfall we get and the exact timing will depend on how quickly these factors come together. This next trough will also bring a reinforcing shot of cold air with it, so with the clouds and the shower chance Monday, temperatures will struggle to get out of the 40s.

High pressure will build in from the west and promote sunshine for the rest of the week, with steady daytime moderation from Wednesday on.

Have a great weekend!
-Brittany Bell

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