Storm chances linger through Father’s Day weekend

June 16, 2017 GMT

The potential for storms lingers on Friday and over the next couple of days, possibly putting a damper on outdoor Father’s Day weekend plans.

Any storms that develop have the potential to bring heavy rain, strong winds and lightning. But the risk of severe weather is the lowest on a five-level risk scale.

“The storms chances, they’re hanging around,” said WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth. “Today we have a 50 percent chance of storms.”

Temperatures were in the 80s by Friday afternoon in areas around the Triangle and to the south. Up toward the Virginia border, temperatures topped out in the mid-70s.

The Storm Prediction Center does not think there will be enough severe storm reports to warrant a full-blown watch, but any storms that fire will — in addition to lightning — have the potential to produce a damaging wind gust or bit of hail.

Some counties around central North Carolina could see anywhere from .66 to 1.5 inches of rain through Saturday.


“If you get under one of those thunderstorms they tend to put out a lot of rain,” Wilmoth said.

Slightly cooler temperatures will come with the storm chances, though. The high temperature on both Saturday and Sunday will rise into the mid-80s, Wilmoth said.

On Father’s Day, highs will remain in the upper-80s with a chance for thunderstorms.