Weather forecasters said Wednesday that there is a chance of strong thunderstorms breaking out in central North Carolina Wednesday and Thursday, but a complicated atmosphere was making it difficult to say much more than that.
“An isolated potential for severe weather will exist this afternoon and evening,” forecasters at the National Weather Service in Raleigh said early Wednesday.
Their prediction was based on experience with similar conditions as much as on the data available from the atmosphere, they noted.
Thursday is more likely to bring needed rain, the weather service said, but “a marginal risk of severe thunderstorms may come with the rainfall.”
The forecasters put the chance of rain at 50 to 60 percent across central North Carolina, with perhaps a half-inch where it does fall.
For Friday through Monday, the forecast calls for cooler weather Friday and Saturday, with highs in the 70s, and then increasing chances of rain on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday as a storm system comes up from the southwest.
“Sunday into Monday is looking wet with showers and scattered thunderstorms,” forecasters said. The rain could be as much as 2 to 3 inches west of the Triangle and a half-inch to an inch as you go east.