Forecast calls for heavy rain, flash flood watch in Triangle

From staff reportsJuly 12, 2013 

Cars make their way through muddy water on I-40 in Angier Friday afternoon July 12, 2013 as storms move through the already-saturated area.

TRAVIS LONG — tlong@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

— A cold front moving eastward across the area ran out of gas – but certainly not out of water – and some places could see as much as 4 inches of rain Friday from the stalled system, the National Weather Service said.

Thunderstorms boiling up in the area could bring 1 to 2 inches of rain in as little as 30 minutes in spots, forecasters said.

If a train of storms line up just right – or wrong – some places might collect 3 to 4 inches of rain Friday and Friday night.

A flash flood watch for all Triangle counties was posted through Friday evening, and the weather service said it likely would be extended into Saturday once officials have data about how much rain came down Friday.

Locally heavy rain will continue into Saturday and Saturday night, forecasters said.

However, the word “drier” appeared in their discussion of next week’s weather.

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