Wide band of rain hitting North Carolina all day

January 4, 2019

A wide band of rain is moving across North Carolina all day Friday between the mountains and coast, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

The rain is fueled by a warm front near northern Georgia and South Carolina moving toward the state and a “giant” low-pressure system west of Memphis that will approach the Triangle, Gardner said.

The morning commute Friday will be wet, and although no severe storms are expected, Gardner said it’s smart to add in extra driving time.

Southern areas like Fayetteville and Clinton could be dry during the morning, but rain is expected to fill in during lunchtime.

“If anybody’s going to end up a little drier, it’ll be folks who are down south,” Gardner said.

Rain will continue throughout the day and into the night.

“The evening commute is going to be a real mess,” Gardner said.

Residual sprinkles could fall Saturday morning, but the rain will move out and leave the weekend mostly dry. Temperatures will be in the low 60s.

Sunday is expected to be beautiful and clear, Gardner said, with a high of 66 degrees.

Those warm temperatures will continue through Tuesday before dropping into the 50s Wednesday.

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