According to the Storm Prediction Center, Raleigh and surrounding areas remain at a moderate level 3 risk (out of a scale of 5) for severe weather this evening. In addition, mock alerts will be issued on NOAA Weather Radios and many communities will sound their tornado sirens to test their emergency severe weather plans. Areas to its north and west will see up to 1 inch, the weather service said.
He said it is worrisome to hear rainfall totals could reach 4 inches.
While those storms may help to stabilize the atmosphere over the region, forecasters said there's still a good chance of another batch of severe storms later this afternoon.
The storms are the result of what Gerapetritis called a "vigorous" cold front that will pass through the area Sunday.
Previous year the state had 41 twisters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center. This line of storms will move from northwest to southeast across the area Friday evening through Friday night.
The weather threats are expected to include damaging winds on Friday ahead of the early Saturday cold front.
By 8 a.m. Saturday, most of the storms will be well east of the ArkLaTex. FutureTrack shows temperatures ranging from the mid 50s to the mid 60s Saturday afternoon. The temperature was reported at 39 degrees. Rain chances diminish to 30 percent Sunday.
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