System that spawned Dallas tornadoes to bring severe storms to NC

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— The weather system that spawned tornadoes across the southern Plains late Sunday and early Monday could bring severe storms to central North Carolina on Tuesday.

Much of central North Carolina, including the Triangle, is under a Level 2 risk for severe weather, but WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said the region shouldn’t see the devastation that the system wreaked on Dallas.

Two tornadoes ripped through Dallas, tossing trees into homes, tearing off storefronts and downing power lines. Other tornadoes killed four people in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Maze said there will be less instability in North Carolina’s atmosphere when the system arrives Tuesday afternoon, so the storms won’t be as severe. The area is at risk for strong straight-line winds, however.

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The system will bring about a quarter-inch of rain to the region.

Tuesday’s high will be in the mid 70s, but the high will drop almost 10 degrees, to the mid 60s, for Wednesday.

7-Day Forecast

“It will be warmer Tuesday ahead of the front, but once the front passes we will have cooler air arrive for Wednesday,” WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Most mornings this week will be chilly but not as cold as they were last week. Thursday and Friday will see highs in the upper 60s or low 70s before another chance for rain moves in for the weekend.