First Alert Weather Day: Thursday morning downpours lead to a slower morning commute
The danger of hydroplaning will be possible, especially near the coast where heavier rain is expected
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The sunny stretch of weather that started last week will come to an end tomorrow. A cold front powered by cold air out of Canada will push heavy downpours and isolated thunderstorms through the East tomorrow morning between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Because this will likely lead to some slow downs during the morning commute, the morning hours of Thursday will warrant a First Alert Weather Day designation. Rainfall totals will range between 0.5″ to 1.0″ for inland areas while a few coastal communities could see 1-2″. Hydroplaning will be possible during periods of heavier rain.
The heaviest rain will likely pull away from the Outer Banks in the early afternoon. The intensity and coverage of the rain will drop drastically once the main band clears Cape Hatteras, leaving us with spotty showers and an occasional storm through the afternoon and evening with the last drops clearing the coast prior to sunrise Friday. The timing of the heaviest rain will help limit the severe thunderstorm potential, keeping air temperatures in the mid 70s. Winds will gust to 20-30 mph as the downpours arrive for inland communities, with 25-35 mph gusts along the coast.
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