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Periods of Rain: Isolated Severe Storm Possible Saturday March 9th

Saturday's Weather Update: Good evening. Here are my thoughts on the forecast for Saturday. A low-pressure system will move through the state late tonight into Saturday. It'll bring periods of rain to most of the state. I expect the greatest period of rain to be from 2AM-11AM for most of the state, longer along the coast and parts of Eastern NC. The bulk of the rain will move through the morning hours and clearing out through the afternoon. Upwards of 1 inch is possible in spots for Central and Western NC, and 2-3 inches of rain is possible across Eastern NC and especially Southeastern NC.

Severe Weather Threat? There is no severe weather threat Saturday morning; once the main batch of rain moves through, if the atmosphere is able to recover, a few isolated storms could be strong to severe, mainly south and east of Raleigh. Overall, I don't see too much to the severe weather threat. If we see some clearing across the coast and eastern NC, we could see a strong to severe storm develop, but I think extensive cloud coverage will limit any severe weather threat. If a storm does become severe, it could have a damage winds threat. I can't completely rule out an isolated tornado, but that threat appears greatest in South Carolina.

The timing for any strong to maybe severe storms will be from 1-5PM Saturday afternoon, and in the circled above on the map below in white would be where it is. The Bottom Line is the severe weather that is rather low, and I don't expect much, mainly a rain event, but I'll monitor the trends in the morning and pass along any changes.

-Coastal flooding is possible along the coast this weekend due to high tides caused by King Tides.

Much nicer/warmer and quieter weather is expected Sunday into next week.



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