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Another wet weekend: Rain, storms expected across NC for graduations, Mother’s Day

May 11, 2019

The Triangle is looking at its seventh-straight wet weekend, with storms expected for graduation celebrations and Mother’s Day.

A cold front will arrive Saturday and stall over the state. Once it moves out, more rain and strong storms move in Sunday.

“You’ll want to keep the umbrella handy this weekend,” WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

Saturday has a 60 percent chance of rain, and Sunday has a 70 percent chance,

“Interestingly enough, even though Sunday will bring us our best chance for severe storms, Saturday might bring us our best chance for some showers in the morning,” Maze said.

The cold front is moving in parallel to a jet stream, which is pulling moisture into the area from the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

These weather systems are slow-moving because they’re going southwest to northeast.

Charlotte and westward areas are under a level 1 risk for severe weather on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Triangle and south is under a level 2 risk. Heavy rain, damaging winds and hail are possible late in the day and into Sunday night.

The Triangle could see 2 inches of rain by the end of the weekend.

But Monday will kick off a pleasant week, with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s.