Excessive rain and flooding possible through the weekend...
The combination of a cold front moving in, an upper level storm system over the southern us, tropical moisture in place and Hurricane Joaquin off shore will come together to create periods of very heavy rain from Thursday through late Saturday.
A Flood Watch is in effect from late Thursday through Saturday evening.
Thursday will be much cooler than the last several days with highs in the lower 70s. Showers will develop and turn more widespread by the afternoon and evening. Some of the rain could be heavy at times late in the day.
The time between Thursday night and Saturday afternoon will feature a growing threat of excessive rainfall as several weather features combine to create extremely heavy rain. Right now, we're forecast rainfall totals of 4 to 7 inches across our area with isolated amounts of up to 10 inches possible.
With the ground wet from recent rains and more very heavy rain on the way, the threat of flooding will rise through the end of the week.
While moisture from Hurricane Joaquin will contribute to the very heavy rain, the hurricane itself is forecast to stay well off shore, but could impact areas of North Carolina and Virginia this weekend.
This is a constantly changing forecast and features the risk of weather that could have high impacts on our area. Make sure to stay up to date with the latest forecast.
First Alert Meteorologist Andy Stein
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