National Weather Service forecasters said Friday that there was a slight chance of severe thunderstorms developing in the central part of the state as storm systems roll up from the southwest.
Rain, however, was pretty much a certainty, as were warm temperatures, with highs possibly getting into the low 80s.
Thermometers were showing the average high temperatures for the season before the sun rose Friday.
“We have the potential to see at least a few severe storms this morning,” forecasters in Raleigh said, though that activity was expected to be west of the Triangle.
The weather service’s national Storm Prediction Center rated the chance for severe storms Friday as “slight.”
Local forecasters said in an advisory, however, “While an isolated severe thunderstorm cannot be ruled out this morning, a greater threat for strong to severe thunderstorms will exists late this afternoon through this evening, mainly between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
“The primary severe weather threats will be damaging straight-line winds and marginally large hail.”
The local forecast called for showers Saturday morning, then skies should begin to clear by mid-afternoon.
Temperatures will be cooler because a cold front is going to move through the state, and forecasters said to exppect high readings in the upper 60s on Saturday and lower 60s on Sunday.