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Expect rain to continue into the weekend in Triangle

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.
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. tlong@newsobserver.com

After Thursday’s storms in the Triangle, even more rain is on tap for Friday and the weekend.

Jonathan Blaes, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, said to expect thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening, especially in the eastern part of the state. He described the weather for the weekend as “unsettled,” with scattered thunderstorms. The storms will likely be slow moving and have heavy rain, he said.

“Saturday will be stormier than Sunday,” Blaes said. “Sunday will actually be trending a little bit nicer.”

Because the ground is already saturated from recent rains, there is a risk of flooding, Blaes said. Creeks and rivers are at a high-water level, and even storm drains are likely getting clogged.

Raleigh’s rainfall is estimated to reach 1 to 2 inches over the weekend.

Chris Hohmann, chief meteorologist at WTVD, said storms should continue to taper off after this weekend, and the region will see fewer storms and more typical summer weather.

“But we’re not going to see a completely dry day until some day next week,” he said.

Though high winds are very unlikely with these storms, Hohmann cautioned that in this weather, trees can fall in winds as low as 40 to 45 miles per hour.

“Because the ground is saturated, it doesn’t take as strong a wind to topple a tree as it normally does,” he said.

But there is some good news, though – Tropical Storm Chantal has weakened, Blaes said. Though some leftover moisture might make its way toward North Carolina and reach the coast Sunday, it shouldn’t add much more rain.

July is at normal levels of rain. As of Thursday evening, only 1.1 inches had been measured so far at Raleigh-Durham International Airport for the month. Typical rainfall in July is 4.8 inches, the wettest month of the year, said Michael Moneypenny, a hydrologist for the National Weather Service.

June had three times as much rain as normal, with 10.08 inches measured at RDU. That’s the third wettest June since 1895, Moneypenny said.

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