Rain, like the year 2015, was fading out Thursday, though a couple of roads in the Triangle remained closed by water that poured down a day earlier, especially in Durham and Orange counties.
The state Department of Transportation said the Durham County Sheriff’s Office had closed Stagecoach Road between Farrington Road and N.C. 751 near Orange and Chatham county lines because of flooding.
In Granville County, officials had closed Northside Road near Creedmoor.
A cold front, which triggered the rain Wednesday as it ran into warm air that has been causing above-normal temperatures, was set to move off the coast, the National Weather Service said.
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“One last area of light showers will be possible across Central North Carolina this morning into early afternoon,” forecasters said.
Daytime temperatures for New Year’s Eve were expected to change only about 5 degrees from sunrise to sunset, the weather service said.
Nighttime revelers should expect readings to fall into the mid-40s.
Rainfall readings as of 8 p.m. Wednesday showed that the heaviest downpours were in western Durham and eastern Orange counties, where flood waters forced residents out of the Camelot and Brentwood apartments complexes in Chapel Hill.
Emergency crews were no longer posted at the complexes on South Estes Drive, town police said. Town officials were expected to begin inspecting buildings Thursday to assure that they are safe for residents to return.
In Chatham County, residents evacuated homes as Jordan Lake rose over Jeremiah Drive, officials reported.
Measurements by volunteers who work with the weather service ranged from 1.2 inches in the Bahama area in Durham County to 2.9 inches at a station northwest of the city of Durham.
In Orange, the numbers ranged from 0.92 inches in Efland, on the west side of the county, to 2.8 inches at a station in Duke Forest, north of Chapel Hill.
Wake County saw rainfall varying from 1.05 inches in Fuquay-Varina to 1.85 inches in the northeast corner.
A flood warning remained in effect until 12:15 p.m. for small streams in Durham County.
There also was a flood warning for the Haw River in Chatham County and the Neuse River in Johnston County.