Low pressure brings rain chances to Triangle

Posted October 10, 2011

After more than a week of dry weather, an approaching low pressure system will bring clouds to the Triangle Monday and rain chances beginning Monday night through early Thursday, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Temperatures will climb into the mid 70s during the day Monday as skies become mostly cloudy by evening. 

"Everybody is going to end up seeing a good bit of cloud cover by the end of the day," Gardner said. "Rain rolls in tonight, and we'll definitely be dealing with it tomorrow morning."

Showers are possible during the day Monday from the Fayetteville area south, but the best chances for rain across most of the area will begin Monday night, Gardner said. Lows will dip into the mid 50s heading into what will likely be a wet Tuesday.

"You'll be lugging around the rain gear," she said. "It could be a messy commute Tuesday morning."

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Rain chances will continue into Wednesday before skies begin to clear early Thursday. Some areas of the Triangle could see a quarter to a half an inch of rain, Gardner said. The heaviest rain will be in the coastal plain. 

"We may see some fairly significant rain out of this system as it heads northward," she said. "The heavier rain may be east of the viewing area."

Gardner said clear skies and dry weather should return in time for the N.C. State Fair, which begins Thursday afternoon. Sunny skies will dominate the forecast late in the week as highs reach into the low 70s. Overnight lows should dip into the low to mid 40s late in the week and into the weekend. 

"We're still expecting a beautiful weekend next weekend," Gardner said. "The first weekend of the fair looks awfully nice."


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  • Shamrock Oct 12, 2011

    "I guess it should have been a 100% chance, huh?"


  • jblake1932 Oct 12, 2011

    40% chance last nite, well it rained ALL NITE. I guess it should have been a 100% chance, huh?

  • jblake1932 Oct 11, 2011

    Hooorah, we are finally getting rain!! I was beggining to wonder if I was losing it, but it finally started. I just hope it does'ny rain too much because we don't need an awful lot! Too much rain will be awful!!

  • Remy Oct 11, 2011

    "Maybe, but facts are facts. "

    There you go then. Either it rained or it didn't. Step 1 is to admit you have a problem.

  • jblake1932 Oct 11, 2011

    Juniper: Maybe, but facts are facts. I have only gotten a few drops and am still waiting for the "rain" to arrive. Maybe one day the forecast will be right at my house!

  • Remy Oct 11, 2011

    "I have only gotten a few drops at my house,"

    Wrong again. There is no "realistically" when it comes to rain. Eitehr it did or it didn't. The forecast and how it is interpreted as correct or incorrect is not based on what happens at your house.If you watched any TV news this morning, you would have surely seen the rain in the local area. Way to be on top of things.

  • jblake1932 Oct 11, 2011

    Juniper: Not really, I have only gotten a few drops at my house, so realistically, it hasn't rained!! When it rains, it can usually be measured! Bing!

  • Remy Oct 11, 2011

    "I predict that it will rain this weekend and we won't get any through Wed. PM."

    Wrong again.

  • jblake1932 Oct 10, 2011

    I for one think Elizabeth Gardener does an excellent job at forecasting. She has a great personality and style to boot! Love to watch her and she has a sense of humor to go with it!

  • Screw WrAl Oct 10, 2011

    "Several ponds near my home in Clayton are down 5-6 feet!!"

    More proof sean kelly has no idea what she's talking about. We are in a record drought and wral continues to cover it up because there's too much negativity in telling the truth when the Fair is in town.