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Rainy start to week, but Christmas should be clear

Posted December 22, 2014

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— As much as 2 inches of rain could fall across central North Carolina in the next few days before skies clear for Christmas.

The forecast for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday calls for “plenty of rain” and mild winter temperatures, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Monday morning’s rain should taper off by 11 a.m., turning into patchy showers, mist and possible fog in some areas. That misty drizzle should continue into Tuesday, and a chance of thunderstorms is on tap for Wednesday.

Wednesday will be the warmest day of the week, reaching a balmy high of 66 degrees.

A low-pressure system pushing moisture up from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean is to blame for the soggy conditions. The system will continue to track up the coast before pulling away, Gardner said.

“It’s just going to be messy for the next three days,” she said. “We get to Christmas Day, and it looks a whole lot better.”

Thursday will be mostly sunny with a high of 55 degrees. It won’t be a white Christmas in the Triangle by any stretch, but at least some residents got to see a few flurries Saturday morning.

“It was the kind of snow that you really can’t complain about,” Gardner said. “It was pretty to see it fall, it melted and none of it stuck anywhere.”

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  • jmoxley2010 Dec 22, 2014

    Woohoo, no white Christmas!