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Rain Lingers in the Carolinas This Weekend

9 Oct 2021, 4:00 am

A stagnant weather pattern producing day after day of heavy rain and thunderstorms is finally coming to an end for the Southeast.

However, heavy rain and brief flash flooding has been happening in western North and South Carolina at times for the last 24 hours. Rain totals have crept upwards of 3″ in some spots.

Moisture is wrapping around the northern side of a coastal low sitting offshore and will add to the heavy rain threat today for the eastern Carolinas.

There are no flood alerts in place as of Saturday morning, but an Excessive Rain Outlook was issued for eastern North Carolina for flooding potential today. Darker green colors indicate higher chances for flooding.

Rounds of heavy rain will move in from the Atlantic Ocean throughout the day. This is subtropical moisture so rain rates can be as high as around 1″ per hour! Our in-house model keeps much of the rain just offshore, but it wouldn’t take much of a jog to the west to get more of the heavier rain to move on shore.

Most of the rain will be moving away, into the open Atlantic by Sunday morning. A few showers may linger into the Outer Banks through the afternoon.

Rain totals will be low in terms of widespread amounts, but pockets of heavy rain could put down a quick few inches of rain especially along the immediate coastlines. Corridors of heavy rain could easily shift on shore if the track of the low pressure moves closer to shore.

This coastal low has a small window of opportunity to develop into a subtropical storm this weekend before conditions become unfavorable. More details on that here.

Keep checking with WeatherNation for more updates on this heavy rain threat.

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