Raleigh, N.C. — The threat for severe weather became almost insignificant Sunday night and diminished by Monday morning as the storms that moved through North Carolina were weaker than expected.
Although meteorologists originally anticipated that severe storms and possible tornados could close out the weekend, the system that moved in only brought light showers to the Triangle and pockets of heavy rain to the south.
States south of North Carolina including portions of Georgia, Florida and Alabama remained areas of “high risk” throughout Sunday afternoon, where at least 18 people died as a result of the storms.
Though tornadoes and strong winds are no longer a concern, a persistent rain will continue Monday, when a low frontal system moves through. According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, severe weather is unlikely, and scattered showers are possible for most of the day, especially midday and into the afternoon.
“We will get a few peeks of sun at noon, and then we may see a few more showers late today,” said Gardner.
Highs will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s, and temperatures will remain pleasantly mild for most of the work week, only dropping as the weekend begins.
The rain will wrap up overnight, and precipitation is not likely again until later in the week.