Record rainfall soaks Triangle; drier days ahead
Posted December 29, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Record rainfall soaked the Triangle and central North Carolina for most of Sunday morning with more than 2 inches of rain in some areas.
A storm system that moved in shortly after midnight stayed in the area until mid-afternoon, dropping more than 2 inches in South Hill, Roxboro and Southern Pines.
Raleigh and Fayetteville each saw record rainfall. The previous record at Raleigh-Durham International Airport was .98 inches, set in 1942. Sunday's rainfall totaled 1.94 inches.
Fayetteville experienced 1.72 inches of rainfall. The previous record was 1.08 inches set in 1967.
"It's a messy end to the weekend but expect better weather as we bring in the new year," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.
The rain pushed offshore Sunday evening, and dry air moved into the area and will remain for the next several days.
The start of the work week will be drier with high temperatures in the low 50s.
New Year's Eve will be clear and cold with possible early morning snowflakes north of Raleigh and temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s around midnight.
New Year's Day will be partly cloudy with a high near 48 degrees.