Damp evening, sunny weekend in store for Triangle

Bluegrass music fans should grab umbrellas or rain gear for evening performances Friday, but the weather forecast indicates they're likely to get damp, not drenched.

Saturday and Sunday should be beautiful as a cold front that’s been blowing – sometimes forcefully – through the lower Midwest and Texas makes it way to the Triangle and daytime highs drop into the 70s under sunny skies.

The rain likelihood across the region, with the front moving from the west, was greater in the western Triangle on Friday afternoon and less in the eastern Triangle.

The National Weather Service put Orange and Chatham counties at a 50-50 probability, Durham and Wake at 40 percent and Johnston County at 30 percent in the afternoon hours. There is a 70 percent chance of precipitation Friday evening and overnight for the whole region.

Highs Friday were forecast to be in the mid-80s under the influence of “milky sunshine” making its way through shifting cloud cover, forecasters said.

Friday evening and overnight, rain was forecast to fall on “just about all of central North Carolina, but amounts should be fairly light,” the weather service said, estimating quarter-inch to a half-inch totals.

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