Steady rain to taper off this evening

Posted September 21, 2011
Updated September 23, 2011

— The steady rain that fell over the Triangle Friday will taper off through the evening, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

"The extent of the rain will be less widespread, but we will continue to see spotty showers," he said.

A damp weather pattern that has dominated the week developed into a steady downfall Friday afternoon in Raleigh. The rain has soaked the ground across central North Carolina and forced dozens of high schools to reschedule football games from Friday night to Monday.

Maze said those who play and the fans who watch them won't need to worry about thunder and lightning. "The threat is very small. It's unlikely," he said. 

The rain, and the chance for localized flash flooding, will continue into the evening, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

A flash flood watch is in effect through midnight for some counties in the northeastern quadrant of the state.

Gardner said some areas could see as much as two inches of rain. 

rainfall accumulation 9/23/11

"We're going to have more than just a little rain in some places," she said. "We could see 1-2 inches of rain and we've had rain on and off over the last several days. The area is primed for some potential flooding later in the day."

Rain chances hang around this weekend but chances for heavy precipitation will taper off on Saturday and Sunday as highs climb back into the low 80s.

Lows will stay in the upper 60s to near 70 over the next several days.  


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  • jblake1932 Sep 23, 2011

    ambygirl, just joking. I may build a pond to catch the water and then I can make it rain when they predict it for my neighborhood, that way the prediction ratings will SOAR!!

  • wdweveryyear Sep 23, 2011

    Oh that's easy. They are trolls. They make inane comments to get a rise out of others. The real mystery to me is why some people continue to engage them.

    thank you,at least someone gets it!!!

  • wildcat Sep 23, 2011

    possible rain event somewhere in NC" watch! ;)


  • jblake1932 Sep 23, 2011

    I agree, it should never been issued! Crying wolf again, like the tornado warnings given everytime it thunders and rains at the same time. It should have been a "possible rain event somewhere in NC" watch! ;)

  • wildcat Sep 23, 2011

    High School football games has been cancelled in some areas. I guess that is a good thing.

  • Screw WrAl Sep 23, 2011


    Guess what? It should HAVE NEVER BEEN ISSUED!

  • Da Toy Maker Sep 23, 2011


    Try to tell the ones that span out of in the pretty heavy rain at I540 near airport around Noon that it ain't raining. You sounds like the frog sitting at the bottom of the well saying the sky is not that big. Go get some drinks and have some fun in life instead of complaining about everything!

  • Screw WrAl Sep 23, 2011

    "If you think you can do it better go get a degree in Meteorology."

    You don't need a degree. They have one, I guess, but look at how lousy they do. You can wet your finger and stick it straight up in the air and do a better job. No student loans required.

  • Screw WrAl Sep 23, 2011

    Ooops, spoke too soon. Rain and arrived and just that fast, it's over. Looking at radar, and using a tad of common sense, I'd say not only was the "flood watch" a joke, but so was this event. 5 days we waited and the thanks we get is 1/100th of an inch.

  • Ambygirl Sep 23, 2011

    kikinc- You're welcome! "It is what it is" as Walter Cronkite would say :) Gotta try to make these crabby ol' people smile that want to complain about the weather. I mean, really, what are they gonna do?? Even the weather forecasters have no control of it whatsoever. The weather can change it's mind any ol' time it wants too!