T-storms dot the Triangle through Wednesday evening

Thunderstorms packing wind gusts up to 60 mph and quarter-sized hail briefly blasted parts of Orange, Durham, Chatham and Wake counties Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service reported a storm moving southeast from Pittsboro in southwestern Wake County at 4:20 p.m. at a rate of 20 mph.

Hail falling with the storm was large enough to dent vehicles or break glass, and the weather service advised people in Cary, Pittsboro, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, New Hill and the Jordan Lake area to stay indoors.


That storm alert expired before 5 p.m. in favor of what WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel called “run-of-the-mill rain.”

The Storm Prediction Center had much of central North Carolina under a Level 1 (of 5) risk for severe storms through the evening.

“The greatest risk with these storms is from damaging winds and large hail,” WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

The storms precede a cold front that arrives overnight and blows out the lingering humidity. Thursday will be much less humid and mostly sunny with highs in the mid- to upper-80s.

“We‘re becoming increasingly confident that most of the area, if not all of it, will get through the day rain-free,” Fishel said.

Friday will bring much of the same.

Chance for storms mars each day of holiday weekend

The Memorial Day weekend brings the return of tropical moisture.

“There is chance for rain each day Saturday, Sunday and Monday,” Maze said, “with Monday likely to be the wettest.”

For those planning to head to the pool or be outside for Memorial Day weekend, the weekend won‘t be a total washout.

“None of those days will be total losses, but you‘re going to have to bring an umbrella and have a contingency plan,” Fishel said.