First Alert Day: Heavy rain is back in the forecast starting overnight

First Alert Day: Heavy rain is back in the forecast starting overnight
Heavy rain is back in the forecast, as rain tracks into the WBTV viewing area starting late Thursday night and ramping up overnight.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - First Alert Day issued for Friday. Heavy rain is back in the forecast, as rain tracks into the WBTV viewing area starting late Thursday night and ramping up overnight.

Over the next 24 to 36 hours we can expect to see one to two inches of rain. To date this month in Charlotte we’ve seen 5.80” of rainfall, and for the year we’ve picked up 57.95” of rain. It’s certainly possible that we eclipse 60” of rain by New Year’s Eve on Monday. It’s been quite a rainy year.

A strong area of low pressure over the mid-section of the country will drive a strong cold front into the area during the day on Friday. High pressure north of the Carolina’s will also provide a cold air wedge pattern. Deep Gulf of Mexico moisture will ride up the wedge and produce significant rainfall amounts overnight and through the day on Friday.

The rain will taper off as we head into the weekend Saturday, before a secondary system arrives on Sunday, bringing another round of rain.

The pattern will be very active through the middle of next week with possibly two more rounds of coming up next week. We’ll nail down the timing as we work through the weekend. But keep the rain jackets and the umbrellas handy.

Models due begin to dry things out by the end of next week. A long way away… but next weekend looks to be much drier here across the region.

Have a great Thursday… and be safe in the rain Friday.

Meteorologist Chris Larson

WBTV Thursday morning forecast

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