Drier air to arrive Tuesday as low pressure moves out

Posted September 9, 2014 6:49 a.m. EDT
Updated September 9, 2014 7:15 a.m. EDT

7-Day Forecast

— Much of central and eastern North Carolina will dry out Tuesday as an area of low pressure that helped soak the state on Monday moves out of the state, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"We had some rain linger overnight, but we're going to be clearing out throughout the day Tuesday as this area of moisture moves northward along a stationary front that is sitting over the eastern third of the state," Gardner said. "We can't rule out a sprinkle today, especially during the morning hours, but we're going to be drying out."

Many parts of the Triangle will need the dry day after several inches of rain fell on the first day of the week. Some areas south and east of Raleigh saw 3 to 5 inches of rain, prompting the National Weather Service to extend flash flood warnings until early Tuesday.

A flash flood advisory is in effect for parts of Wake, Franklin, Halifax, Nash, Edgecombe, Wilson and Johnston counties until 9 a.m.

Sunshine could return during the afternoon and evening Tuesday, but clouds in the morning will help keep daytime highs below normal for a second straight day. Afternoon highs will top out in the upper 70s.

Abundant sunshine will push highs on Wednesday back into the mid-80s, and on Thursday parts of the Triangle could be close to 90 degrees.

"We'll be above normal for Wednesday, but cooler air is on the way for the weekend thanks to another approaching cold front," Gardner said. "Models aren't quite sure what to do with this system yet, but we could see some rain showers over the weekend as as we dip back into the 70s."