Cold front brings tornado watch to Triangle

A radar image shows storms across the Triangle on Friday morning.
A radar image shows storms across the Triangle on Friday morning.

The storm system that has been hitting Western and Midwestern states in recent days brought a tornado watch and rain to the Triangle on Friday morning, but forecasters said it was a fanfare to for a beautiful weekend.

About 5 a.m., the National Weather Service posted a tornado watch throughout the area through 9 a.m.

By afternoon, however, skies were expected to be partly sunny, and south winds blowing along the edge of a cold front were expected to take temperatures into the 80s.

The cooler air was forecast to arrive in the state during the night, and the forecast called for lows in the low to mid-40s Friday and Saturday nights and highs in the low 70s on Saturday and Sunday under sunny skies.

Forecasters said there might be lingering, isolated thunderstorms Friday afternoon in Wake and Johnston counties, but the rest of the area figured to be done with rain by midday.

The storm system was blamed for three deaths as it hit the Midwest and states farther south and caused numerous power outages.

Duke Energy reported scattered small outages in its Duke and Progress service areas in North Carolina, but it was not known if they were being blamed on the storm.

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