Don't look for much sunshine through the first half of this week. In fact, much of the area could see up to a couple of inches of rain through Wednesday. We do not expect to see a lot of that rain today, but a few light showers are possible late this afternoon. Look for the rain chances to pick up later tonight into early Tuesday.
The first chance for showers begins this afternoon as a cold front slips into North Carolina. As more moisture builds along the front, the chance for rain will pick up tonight. Cooler air behind that front will also aid in wedging cold air into central North Carolina. That will make for a wide range of temperatures Tuesday across the state. The Triangle and Triad will be stuck in the 40s through the day with highs near 60 to the low 60s expected in the Sandhills. Locations along the southeast coast may even get close to 70.
The rain from Tuesday morning should move to the north of our area during the day bringing a break in the rain chances Tuesday afternoon. The warm front you see across the state on the above surface map will lift all across the area Tuesday night causing temperatures to rise overnight into Wednesday. Then the cold front will move through our area Wednesday bringing another chance for rain.
Most computer models suggest central North Carolina could see anywhere between 1 and 3 inches of rain over the next few days. The above precipitation forecast image from the National Weather Service agrees with that forecast of on average 2 inches of rain in central North Carolina.
Look for the rain to end by late Wednesday with dry weather for the end of the work week. Rain now looks to return to the forecast by Saturday.