Chance for wet weather lingers through first half of week

Posted February 21, 2016

— After a weekend of above-average temperatures, cooler air and a looming chance for rain will usher in the first half of the week.

Temperatures climbed to 70 degrees Sunday, which is just a few degrees shy of the record high temperature of 76 degrees. After a morning of sunshine, clouds began rolling in during the late afternoon and showers began in some areas at about 4 p.m.

WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said that while the wet weather won’t be significant, the chance to see some sprinkles remains in the forecast during the overnight hours.

“I wouldn’t rule out rain completely tonight,” Wilmoth said.

A cold front moves into the area overnight, bringing cooler temperatures to start the work week. The high temperature on Monday is expected to be 55 degrees while Tuesday will be even cooler with a forecast high of 48 degrees.

Monday will remain mostly dry and cloudy until well after the evening commute, although the chance for drizzle is possible throughout the day. Wilmoth said showers are expected to resume at about 8 p.m. Monday and will pick up through Tuesday morning.

“Tuesday morning’s commute will likely be a wet one for many of you,” Wilmoth said.

The rain takes a break Tuesday evening before beginning again overnight.

A warm front moves in Wednesday that brings more rain and the possibility of thunderstorms. This could create a wide range of temperatures for Wednesday, Wilmoth said, depending on which side of the front a region is on. Wilmoth said that southeastern communities could see temperatures in the low to mid-70s while northwestern communities will see temperatures top out in the 50s.

"Wednesday's probably the day to watch in the next seven. We could have a couple of severe storms," Wilmoth said.


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