Wet start for week, but rain less likely after Monday night

Monday equals wet, with precipitation chances in the Triangle at eight out of 10, but then the next few days look less waterlogged.

The National Weather Service forecast highs of about 80 through the lower 80s for Monday, with western areas running a little cooler.

The chance of rain was 80 percent everywhere, however, and Chapel Hill and Durham had experienced heavy rain by daybreak.

Computer forecast models “keep some spotty showers over us as we go through the afternoon and evening,” WTVD meteorologist Don Schwenneker said.

The rain posed a small chance of brief urban flooding, the weather service said.

Horace Williams Airport in Chapel Hill had about a third of an inch of rain by 5 a.m. and got about 0.16 inches between then and 6 a.m., records showed.

Overnight Monday also looked wet, with rain probabilities ranging from 50 percent in Chapel Hill and Durham to 70 percent in Raleigh and Smithfield.

The rain chances then should diminish to 20 percent on Tuesday before starting back up toward a likely wet Friday, forecasters said.

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