Rain, severe thunderstorms expected in Triangle this week

From staff reportsApril 28, 2014 

— The Triangle appears to be in for a wet and occasionally very windy week as the storm system that brought fatal tornadoes to the lower Midwest on Sunday kicks up storms over North Carolina, the National Weather Service said Monday morning.

With a big area of warm, moist air settling over the state, conditions will be ripe for disturbances to generate thunderstorms, possibly tornadoes and enough rain to cause local flooding and perhaps river flooding, forecasters said.

The greatest chance for thunderstorms appeared to be Tuesday and Wednesday, the forecast said, but the computer models that meteorologists use to guide their understanding of conditions in the atmosphere were not in agreement about the timing of storms.

Monday was set for a 60 percent chance of rain beginning in the afternoon.

Tuesday and Tuesday night were both likely to see severe thunderstorms. Wednesday and Wednesday night likely will have less intense thunderstorms.

Sunny skies are not expected until Friday.

Storms may swing back and forth across the same places, the service’s National Storm Prediction Center said.

Raleigh forecasters said the severe storms could bring as much as 1.75 inches of rain.


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