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Will next round of rain alleviate Carolinas' drought?

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A persistent drought may only get worse for the Carolinas. 

The Queen City is now running nearly 9 inches below normal for year to date rainfall.  So how much can we expect to catch up before the end of the year? 

Unfortunately, not much.  On average, we only see just over three inches of precipitation the entire month of December.  Even if that pans out, we'll likely end the year with about half a foot less than we would normally see in Charlotte.  Still, a few inches could go a long way in keeping the drought conditions we're now seeing from getting worse. 

We've been talking a lot about hypotheticals and averages.  When should we see some rain?

There's a good chance of seeing some showers with our next cold front expected to move in overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.  Even with the higher moisture levels that have been moving in over the last few days, we likely will not be seeing a solid line of rain moving through.  Instead, models are favoring spotty showers starting overnight Tuesday.  Rainfall totals look to be less than a quarter of an inch. 

Looking in the long term, another system could move through early next week, bringing a better chance at more widespread activity.

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