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Rain, rain another day for Triangle

Posted August 26, 2008 5:16 a.m. EDT
Updated August 26, 2008 11:23 p.m. EDT

— The scattered storms that affected the state Tuesday are expected to continue through the week, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

"It's going to be awhile before we have a sunny day around here," he said.

The leftovers of Tropical Storm Fay began drifting into the Triangle Tuesday, bringing clouds and rain, and holding temperatures down. The center of low pressure associated with the system was holding over Chatanooga, Tenn.

Dual Doppler radar showed general movement from southwest to northeast, with the heaviest rain falling in Johnston County at 5:30 p.m. Only .04 of an inch of rain accumulated at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Tuesday, but amounts were much heavier to the west, especially in the foothills, Fishel said.

Some counties are under watches and warnings into the overnight hours.

In western North Carolina the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch effective until Wednesday morning. In addition to the threat of heavy rain, a tornado watch was in effect until 2 a.m. for the southern Piedmont.

The pattern will continue through Thursday dumping significant rainfall on the central part of the state. Some models show the Triangle could get over an inch of rain in the next few days.

"We may actually see our chances of rain increase through the overnight period," Fishel predicted.

Wednesday will be muggy again with widespread showers and the chance for some thunderstorms. The moisture lingers into Thursday when another round of showers is possible. Rain is just isolated by Friday, Fishel said, and "Saturday could actually be a dry day."