Raleigh 'dries out' Tuesday before rain returns

Posted May 22, 2018 7:53 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:20 a.m. EDT

— After 2 to 3 inches of rain fell in parts of Raleigh overnight, the Triangle will see a brief break from storms and showers on Tuesday.

According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, skies will alternate from partly cloudy to mostly sunny on Tuesday with a slight chance for a few showers or storms.

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Gardner said storms are most likely in the afternoon but that much of the area will stay dry all day. Highs will be in the mid 80s on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a greater chance for storms and ran will emerge mid-week.

On Wednesday, scattered storms and showers are more likely before that chance decreases again for Thursday and Friday. Overall, a completely dry day isn't guaranteed all week, but that doesn't have to ruin outdoor plans.

Flash flooding in Raleigh

Though Tuesday will be relatively dry, Monday was a different story.

A flash flood warning expired in Wake County at 2:45 a.m. after storms moving through the area on Monday night quickly began causing travel problems.

Storms began moving through Wake County at about 7 p.m. and more than 3 inches of rain fell in parts of the county by time the rain began letting up. Interstate 440 at Six Forks Road was closed for more than an hour as a result of severe flooding in the area. Flooding was also impacting Glenwood Avenue and Creedmoor Road.

Flooding at Crabtree Valley Mall

Cierra Moody said she was driving near Creedmoor Road and Glenwood Avenue on her way to visit a family member in the hospital when, all of a sudden, the water started rising and her car got stuck, forcing her to climb out the window.

Crabtree Creek began overflowing, impacting the parking decks at Crabtree Valley Mall and shutting down surrounding roads.

Robert Royster said he was celebrating his daughter's birthday at Kanki at the mall and watched as the creek began spilling into the parking garage.

"I was driving. Within about seven to 10 minutes, water was a foot high. It continued to flood and flood and flood," he said.

At least a dozen cars had to be towed away following the flooding, but the water had started to recede by about 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service was also reporting several cars stranded at Millbrood and Leesville Roads as a result of flooding.