Rain moves in this weekend, sticks around next week

Posted February 9, 2018 9:01 a.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 2:07 p.m. EDT

— A warm front moving up from the south will bring milder air to North Carolina over the weekend, but it will also bring a prolonged period of rain.

Friday's skies remain dry and bright, but the clouds will move in overnight. Forecast models show rain peppering the state by 7 a.m. Saturday and picking up through the afternoon.

"Around lunchtime, it picks up in coverage and intensity, kind of drops off a little bit during the evening (and) picks up again overnight," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

By Monday, the rain could total about an inch around the Triangle and more than two inches in the mountains where flooding could be a concern.

A high pressure system spinning clockwise off the coast is forcing the warmer air and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico into the Tar Heel State. Gardner said that will last through the weekend.

"For starters, as we get into the day (Saturday), we get into a really solid flow coming right out of the Gulf of Mexico," Gardner said. "So ... it's coming directly into North Carolina."

The flow of rain will continue through the week, too, as another high pressure system grows to the south. The cloudy skies, though, will be accompanied by temperatures that, at times, climb into the 70s.

"As it stands, we're going to see cloudy skies tonight, and that will last all the way through Thursday and maybe even into the following weekend," Gardner said.

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