FLASH FLOOD WATCH POSTED AS NC BRACES FOR YET ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM
Yet another major storm system will bring heavy rainfall, flash flooding, and river flooding to the state Friday into Saturday. Today will be a fair weather day then conditions will change Thursday night. Moisture will begin to stream in from the south on Friday morning, one plus to this system is temps will be in the 50s and 60s.
Flash Flood Watch now issued from Raleigh and points south and east, including Wilmington, Morehead City, Fayetteville, New Bern, Lumberton, Rocky Mount, OBX, and Jacksonville. Flooding in poor drainage areas near creeks, streams, and ditches will be possible. Rivers will also likely quickly respond to the heavy rainfall given the saturated soils. Interests along area rivers should closely monitor this weekends storm. The watch might also have to be expanded northeast. 2-4” of rain expected Raleigh south and east. 1-2” west of Raleigh.
Widespread rainfall totals of 1-2" will be possible, with 2-3' and some areas seeing 4+ along the coast. Due to the heavy snow pack in the Triad and western NC, and the heavy rainfall that fell in eastern NC over the weekend. Localized flash flooding and river flooding will be a concern Friday into Saturday.
Flash Flood Watch areas in (Green) will likely be expanded west.
In areas affected by recent snowfall and heavy rain, expect flash flooding concerns as nothing melts snow faster than rain. Additionally, on the back of the departing system Sunday, wind gusts will be problematic as soils are saturated and trees weakened by heavy ice and snow may cause sporadic power outages throughout the state. Mudslides are possible in the mountains due to heavy rainfall and rapid melting of snow.
RIVER FLOODING: River flooding may result on the Yadkin, Rocky, Haw, Cape Fear, Lumber, French Broad River and Neuse Rivers late Friday into the weekend.
Below is good prediction regarding rainfall, will change a little between now and Friday.
Stay with North Carolina's Weather Authority for more information regarding flash flooding and river flooding, we got you covered as yet another storm system affects NC.