Published: 2014-08-01 05:46:00
Updated: 2014-08-01 18:48:48
Posted August 1, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — More than half an inch of rain fell Friday in the Triangle, marking the beginning of a wet pattern that could produce up to 2 inches of rain by Monday.
Flooding was reported Friday evening in Durham north of U.S. Highway 70 near East Carver Street and Meriwether Drive.
Rain showers and an occasional thunderstorm are possible at any point Friday, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said, and the clouds and precipitation will keep temperatures cool. Highs on the final day of the work week won't get out of the upper 70s.
"We're sort of in between two systems, but our warm front off the coast will be moving our way this afternoon," Gardner said. "It's just going to increase our chances for rain, and that's what will keep us wet during the next several days."
The pattern will be similar Saturday, Sunday and Monday with rain chances hovering around 60 percent as a steady flow of moisture moves into the state from the south and east.
Triangle residents have an 85 percent chance to see at least 1 inch of rain before Tuesday, and Raleigh has a 41 percent chance of getting 2 inches or more, Gardner said.
Rainfall amounts could be heavier along the North Carolina coast.
"We could see 1 to 2 inches in our area, but the coast could end up with 3 to 4 inches," Gardner said. "We'll need to watch for the possibility of localized flooding in those spots that see the heaviest showers."
The wet weather will slowly begin to move out during the first half of next week, but afternoon showers and thunderstorms are possible through next Thursday.
Highs will return to the upper 80s to near 90 degrees by the middle of next week.