More Rain on Tap This Weekend

The Triangle is expected to get two chances at rain this weekend, but they will not be enough to end the lingering drought.

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2 Chances for Rain This Weekend
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Triangle will not see any drought-busting rainfall this weekend, but it will get a small soaking over the next few days.

A system brought rain and thunderstorms across the Triad and into Virginia Friday afternoon. Alamance, Person, Granville and Vance counties saw some steady rain, but spotty showers were expected across the rest of the Triangle region, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

After the front passes Saturday, Maze said temperatures could reach the upper 60s Saturday before another system moves across North Carolina Sunday, bringing rain and lower temperatures, Maze said.

Data from WRAL WeatherScope suggests the two weekend systems could dump nearly 1.5 inches of rain in Raleigh by noon Monday.

Maze said the location of a low-pressure system moving up the coast would determine how much rain the region gets.

Highs Sunday should remain in the 40s, and by Wednesday, colder, drier air moving in from the northwest could keep high temperatures in the 30s, he said.

"This is going to be an event that affects more eastern and central North Carolina instead of western and central North Carolina," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "That will really up our rainfall totals for the weekend."

Almost an inch of rain was recorded Wednesday at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. That rain left the Triangle 8.78 inches below normal for the year.

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