It will be a much different looking day when compared to just 24 hours ago. Highs this afternoon will warm into the upper 60s which is slightly above average for this time of year. High pressure is building into eastern Carolina and clear skies will hold into the evening hours.
The next rain chance will move up the coast late Monday night and into Tuesday afternoon. No severe weather is anticipated with this system.
The severe weather threat for Eastern Carolina has passed. The watches and warnings have been canceled as the main band of rain pushes off shore. There will still be some patches of moderate to light showers through the evening, but the threat of heavy rain has passed. This concludes the Weather Authority Alert Day. Conditions will calm down through the night ahead of a sunny and mild Sunday.
A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Beaufort, Duplin, Greene, Lenoir, Martin and Pitt County until 4pm. This storm is moving east at 35 mph and capable of winds greater than 60mph.
A Tornado Watch has been issued for all of eastern Carolina through 8pm. Remember, a Tornado WATCH is issued when weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that are capable of producing tornadoes
Additionally, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Wayne, Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe County until 3:30pm.
A severe thunderstorm WATCH has been issued for parts of North Carolina including Charlotte. This watch will expire at 3pm and may have an impact on flights into and out of the area. It is very likely the same severe thunderstorm threat will continue to push east into eastern North Carolina late in the day and early evening.
Locally heavy downpours are expected in some spots on Saturday. Any potential thunderstorms that develop have the potential to produce damaging wind gusts greater than 60 mph.
An isolated tornado is also possible Saturday due to the strong wind shear expected with this system, which is expected to move through Saturday afternoon into early evening.
Afternoon highs on Saturday should reach the lower 70s with gusty south winds at 15 to 20+ mph. Rainfall totals should near 1 inch it comes to an end Saturday evening.
Here are a few graphics that will help prepare you for today's threats:
The warm-up will continue on Friday with highs in the upper 50s under mostly cloudy skies. A few showers will be possible by Friday afternoon.
More significant rain is likely on Saturday as a cold front approaches the area. A few strong or severe storms are possible, primarily during the afternoon hours. Afternoon highs on Saturday will approach 70° with gusty south winds at 15 to 20+ mph. Rainfall totals should near 1 inch on Saturday.
Skies will go back to mostly sunny on Sunday with temperatures in the low 60s.