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Wet week ahead, flooding possible

Heavy rains in the coming days could bring flooding to central North Carolina.
Heavy rains in the coming days could bring flooding to central North Carolina.

A wet start to the work week will set the tone for the coming days as forecasters predict as much as 2 to 4 inches of rain for some areas in central North Carolina between Monday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Raleigh.

The Weather Service Monday morning warned that moderate to heavy rains will drench the area over the next couple days and could bring flooding to low lying areas and cautioned people to look out for “rapid rises on area creeks.”

The NWS said on Twitter early Monday, “Chance of heavy rain late tonight through Tuesday. Flood watch may be needed.”

The temperatures will be much cooler in the coming days, NWS forecasters say, with Monday’s high around 82 but then warming only into the mid 70s for the rest of the workweek. Lows will be in the mid-60s.

The Weather Service says a slow low pressure system is tracking to the northeast across North Carolina, followed by another front that has drenched Texas and is making its way across the South.

NWS forecasters write, “This setup certainly suggests a risk of steady moderate to heavy rainfall, especially along the frontal zone, and this added rain along with this morning`s totals presents a risk of flooding particularly in urban and low lying areas.”

A funnel cloud was spotted near Katy, Texas on May 21 as a storm blew through the Houston area. The same day, motorists encountered major flooding in Laredo, Texas.

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