Rain subsides Thursday, but another storm system coming

Posted December 3, 2009 5:51 a.m. EST
Updated December 3, 2009 12:24 p.m. EST

— More than 2 inches of rain fell on places around the Triangle Wednesday, but the wet weather will subside Thursday.

"We should see some dry days and fairly bright days, especially today, but for Friday we should see increasing and thickening high clouds ahead of the next storm system that brings a mighty cold rain for Saturday," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss.

Authorities responded to several wrecks overnight, including one on Interstate 40 near North Harrison Avenue in Cary.

Three vehicles crashed at that location, and another wreck happened under the Harrison Avenue bridge, authorities said. There was no word on charges or if anyone was hurt.

Raleigh police were investigating a head-on collision that killed one person overnight. It happened near the intersection of Skycrest Drive and Brentwood Road. Police said one person died when a car crossed the center line. Investigators have not released the victim's name.

Another crash happened around 2:30 a.m. on Howard Road in north Raleigh. Investigators said the driver was heading towards Ray Road, went through a stop sign and hit a utility pole. No one was injured.

A tornado watch that was in effect for most of the WRAL viewing area, including Durham, Wake, Orange and Chatham counties until 4 a.m. Thursday, was canceled just before midnight as the threat of severe weather diminished.

"The wind pattern in the atmosphere that could have produce tornadic activity just diminished," WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel explained.

Rainfall was heavy at times, prompting flash flood warnings. As of 2:30 a.m., Raleigh received 2.30 inches of rain and Sanford received more than 3 inches.

Flooding was reported late Wednesday along Hillsborough Street near Chapel Hill and Jones Franklin roads.

Thursday will be partly cloudy and breezy in the morning with winds subsiding through the day. Highs will be in the lower to mid 60s. The evening will feature mostly clear skies and slightly cooler temperatures.

Friday will be partly cloudy and cooler with temperatures in the low 50s.

Another round of wet weather is expected this weekend. Fishel said Saturday's cold, wet weather "could end with a few (snow) flakes."