Chilly rain keeps falling Sunday

Posted November 30, 2008 6:26 a.m. EST
Updated November 30, 2008 3:59 p.m. EST

— A cold front and low-pressure system were delivering a steady, soaking rain to North Carolina and much of the southeast Sunday afternoon.

"You hear those raindrops tapping, tapping, tapping outside, and it really helps out with sleeping," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss said.

The rainfall will continue through the day, grow heavy in some places and maybe even produce a few rumbles of thunder in eastern counties.

"We'll have a few breaks here and there, but looks like a rainy day in general to finish out the weekend," Moss said.

In the late afternoon and overnight, the rain will slacken and leave only a small chance of showers Monday.

"We can't entirely rule out one or two spray sprinkles tomorrow (Monday), but the odds are pretty poor," Moss said.

New accumulation on Sunday could run between three-quarters of and a full inch.

From Saturday through 7 a.m. Sunday, 0.38 inches of rain had fallen in Raleigh and 0.44 inches in Chapel Hill.

Totals were higher north and west of the Triangle and in southeastern counties: Roxboro had gotten 1.35 inches of rain, and slightly more than three-quarters of an inch had fallen on both Sanford and Fayetteville.

Meanwhile, the low-pressure system delivering the rain will produce a "sharp range of temperatures across North Carolina," Moss said, making for "a tricky temperature forecast."

How far the system tracks east will determine who sees the low and high temperatures. In the Piedmont, temperatures will likely hold in the 40s, and the Triangle will see the upper 40s and low 50s, while residents on the coastal plain enjoy the 60s.

Monday will dawn windier and drier, although temperatures will stay low.

Central North Carolina likely won't break out of the 50s until Wednesday and Thursday, when a high around 60 degrees is possible. Lows will stay in the 30s.