Tornado warning in effect for southwestern Johnston County until 8:15 a.m.

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— The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Johnston County until 8:15 a.m. Thursday.

At 7:50 a.m. the system was moving 25 mph northeast, leaving Harnett County and headed toward southwestern Johnston County. People in areas north of Benson need to be alert, including near the intersection of Interstate 40 and N.C. Highway 210, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

There were no reports of the storm touching the ground or causing damage. At 8 a.m., WRAL meteorologist Zach Maloch said velocity had decreased since the tornado warning was first issued for Harnett County.

The tornado warning was canceled for Harnett County at 7:52 a.m. Thursday. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for

As of 7:22 a.m. Thursday, the NWS said a severe thunderstorm is capable of producing a tornado. It was located near Lillington, moving northeast at 25 mph.

The NWS said flying debris is dangerous to those without shelter. The service also said there will be damage to roofs, windows, vehicles and trees.

Thursday will be a mostly cloudy day with scattered to widespread rain developing and moving through our area this morning and afternoon.

While central North Carolina will see only scattered rain during the first half of the day, counties east of the Triangle are under a Level 1 risk for severe weather Thursday afternoon, where a few strong storms are possible through the evening as a cold front moves across the region.

Wind damage east of Interstate 95 will be the biggest threat from the storms, but WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said such conditions are more likely closer to the N.C. coast.

Rain passing through the area during the morning commute will come in waves, and there could be brief, heavy downpours, Gardner explained.

By 7 a.m., downpours resulted in standing water on U.S. Highway 1 South at Cary Parkway and on Interstate-540 West between Falls of Neuse Road and Six Forks Road. Multiple crashes were reported, including one on Wade Avenue between Blue Ridge Road and Edwards Mill Road.

Conditions will be drier in the afternoon for the Triangle, but “showers may still be possible across the eastern half of the area for the evening commute,” WRAL meteorologist Zach Maloch said.

Level 1 risk for severe weather: March 24, 2022

A high around 70 degrees is expected on Thursday.

Temperatures March 25-27, 2022

Conditions will become drier Thursday night and for Friday, which will be a cooler day with a chilly start. Skies will be cloudy Friday, and temperatures will remain in the mid 60s.

It could be a breezy day, with possible wind gusts up to 25 mph.

Lows will start out in the low 40s for Saturday morning, and there is a chance for rain during the first half of the day. Temperatures will be cooler, in the low 60s.

Cooling for the weekend

More sun and drier conditions emerge for Sunday, but temperatures will start in the 30s. The high for the day will reach the upper 50s or low 60s.

Temperatures could be near freezing overnight Sunday into Monday, but the first part of the new work week will stay mild, with highs in the low 60s.

7-Day Forecast

Eager to get the garden going?

Wondering if it’s okay to start planting? Temperatures will stay spring-like for a while, but cooler temperatures are ahead. We’re expecting cooler than average temperatures next week, according to meteorologists.

Temperature outlook March 26-30

Our average last freeze comes in mid-April.