First Alert Day: Heavy rain, flood watches in effect

First Alert Day: Heavy rain, flood watches in effect
Heavy rain is back in the forecast, as rain tracks into the WBTV viewing area during the day Friday.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Heavy rain is back in the forecast, as rain tracks into the WBTV viewing area during the day Friday. As of 5 a.m. Friday morning Charlotte had already seen more than a quarter inch of rain. And the heaviest rain is yet to come.

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 end of next week with several more rounds of coming in 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 Friday and try to stay dry.

- Meteorologist Chris Larson

WBTV Friday morning forecast

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