Several places in the Triangle saw more than an inch of rain Wednesday morning while warm air from the south pushed Christmas Eve temperatures toward the 60s.
National Weather Service forecasters said they expected the rain to slack off later in the day before returning for a while late on Christmas Eve and early on Christmas.
Christmas Day itself was predicted to be partly sunny to begin and sunny by afternoon, with a high in the 50s.
The weather service said there was a chance of thunderstorms into early afternoon Wednesday across the Triangle, and forecasters said they might pop up east Interstate 95 Wednesday night.
Weather-monitoring stations reported as much as 1.5 inches of rain at Duke Forest in eastern Orange County about 9 a.m.
There was a report of 1.37 inches at a rain gauge in north Raleigh and 1.29 inches in Apex and New Hill in southern Wake County.
Durham County’s highest reading posted by the weather service was 1.35 inches.
The weather was not having major effects on flights into and out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday, according to the airport’s flight-status postings.
Airports in New York and Philadelphia were having delays because of weather, the website FlightAware.com reported.
It also noted that “Rudolph Flight #1” remained on schedule.