Rain should taper off Monday evening

Posted March 16, 2009 8:50 a.m. EDT
Updated March 16, 2009 8:07 p.m. EDT

— Forecasters predicted that clouds, rain and chilly temperatures will linger Monday.

While the weekend weather system goes away, another disturbance will push in Monday, starting up the rain again. Rainfall will taper off Monday evening, though.

"It does appear we're in for a fairly dry stretch for a week to 10 days or so after tonight, and we should see temperatures that have held way below normal for the past few days rebound to more typical levels for this time of year, though not to the 80s we saw last week," WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss wrote in his blog.

While the rain falls, temperatures will stay low. Monday will be in the low 50s – off by double digits from the normal highs in the low 60s.

By Monday evening, rainfall totals will be substantial, particularly in areas around and west of Raleigh. Through Monday, between a half-inch and 1 inch of rain could fall.

That will come on top of rainfall totals from Friday, Saturday and Sunday: a total of more than 2 inches at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Through Sunday, the rainfall totals at RDU shows 5.16 inches for the past 30 days, putting it 1.23 inches above normal for the period. For 2009, however, the measurements show the airport station is still 1.56 inches below normal.