First waves of rain arrived, much more to come

Friday night weather forecast: 11pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Large batches of rain rolled across the WBTV region on Friday and this is still just the beginning. Already over an inch of rain has fallen across most of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg area with other areas west of Charlotte toward the foothills picking up two or more inches of rain.

Flood advisories began appearing in the mountains, foothills and Catawba Valley Friday evening.

Flood watches are a little slower to come due to the recent dry conditions we have had in place, but expect to see flood watches and warnings to appear in short order.

With all that said, and to state the obvious now, everyone should expect a lot more rain over the weekend. There will be periods where steady rain gives way to cloudy breaks & spotty showers, before picking back up again.

If you're trying to plan around the weekend rain, Saturday before Noon may be your best bet to squeeze in some time outside with just patchy showers possible before things pick back up again during the afternoon and evening.

Heavy rain and flooding will become an increasing concern throughout the weekend as Sunday and Monday will be just as wet.

Generally, 2 to 4 inches of rain could be expected by late Monday, but locally higher amounts are certainly possible especially in the mountains and foothills.

Moving forward, there are conflicting signs as to whether or not things start to improve by Tuesday, however, we are leaning towards a drier solution at the moment with the system pulling out by midweek.

Make the best of your weekend!

Meteorologist Eric Thomas

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