Published: 2013-05-06 07:04:00
Updated: 2013-05-06 20:25:06
Posted May 6, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — A band of slow-moving, very heavy rain fell steadily across central North Carolina Monday.
"Where this rain is, we are seeing some minor street flooding and rising creeks," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "Just be careful. You don't ever want to drive your car through a flooded road."
By late afternoon, the system that carried the greatest amount of rain had moved to the north of the Triangle, and clearing skies brought a burst of sunshine.
"We'll see a mix of sun and clouds through the evening," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. "There is still a slim chance for a shower."
Patchy rain continues through midweek, with the ultimate accumulation of about a half-inch to 1.5 inches of rain by Wednesday, Gardner said.
"The upper low that is creating all this mess will be on us again Tuesday and Wednesday," Maze said. The chance for rain will not be as widespread and temperatures will warm close to 70 degrees.
“Some folks will see more rain than others, of course,” Gardner said.
Thursday brings plenty of sunshine and a warming trend. The high Thursday is expected to reach 80 degrees and notch up to 83 degrees by Friday.
Even heavier rain fell in the western North Carolina mountains Sunday and Monday. More than 3,500 customers were without power as heavy wind and rain buffeted the region, downing trees and bringing threats of flooding.
Part of U.S. Highway 74A in Henderson County was closed Monday as the Department of Transportation worked to clear a mudslide that happened on Sunday.
Near Black Mountain, a Norfolk Southern worker was killed in a mudslide as he checked on railroad tracks. Emergency crews rescued two people from a in Burke County campground.