Rain chances recede, heat to return

Posted August 31, 2015 6:42 a.m. EDT
Updated September 3, 2015 3:15 p.m. EDT

— A gloomy Monday brought some much-needed rain to Raleigh. By noon, the capital city saw about 1 3/4 inches of rain. Fayetteville also accumulated more than an inch.

The bulk of the rainmaker was moving out of central North Carolina Monday afternoon. Anything from light sprinkles to a thunderstorm is possible through Monday evening, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. The rain chances stay above 30 percent until after nightfall.

Tuesday's forecast is for a sticky day, Gardner said, but any showers will likely stay closer to the coastal plain.

"It will feel a bit uncomfortable as dewpoints climb to around 70," she said.

The rest of the week follows the pattern of highs around 90 degrees and the chance for stray thunderstorms.

Traffic during the Monday morning rush was slower than usual as drivers negotiated rain-slick roads, and authorities attributed one traffic death to the wet weather.

Troopers said Johnny Shaquan Campbell, 19, was trying to pass a slower vehicle on U.S. Highway 301 but crashed into a tree south of Four Oaks.

Between 6 and 7 a.m., a single westbound lane of U.S. Highway 64 Business was closed after a car flipped over into the median near the interchange with Interstate 540.

In Apex, a pickup truck rear-ended a school bus carrying 13 students to Enloe High School and Carnage Middle School on Lake Pine Drive. No students were injured in the accident, and another bus came to take them to school. Capt. Ann Stephens of the Apex Police Department said the truck driver was charged with failing to reduce speed.

Flooding was reported in some low-lying areas.