Threat for severe weather increases across central NC

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— Much of North Carolina, including the Triangle, is under a level 2 risk for severe weather on Wednesday.

A high pressure system kept conditions dry and cool earlier in the week, but warm air and moisture will return to the area on Wednesday.

According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, morning showers are more likely in counties west of the Triangle, but scattered thunderstorms with heavy rain, lightning and gusty winds will be possible across the viewing area late in the day.

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Highs will get into the mid 80s, and the majority of the day will be cloudy and warm.

Current Temperatures, DMA

In the Triangle, the chance for rain is most likely after lunchtime, according to Gardner. There is a 60 percent chance for precipitation starting around noon and carrying us into the evening.

The chance for rain continues Thursday, but the rain is less likely to be heavy or widespread. Thursday could be the warmest day of the week, with a high around 90 degrees in Raleigh.

Friday will feature a high in the mid 80s, and storms and rain are again possible.

7-Day Forecast

The likelihood of storms increases for Saturday and Sunday, which will be milder, with highs in the low 80s.