On and off quick downpours will be possible through Sunday afternoon. Heavier rain could bring another 1 to 3 inches of rain to a few locations late Sunday and into Monday afternoon.
Warm air has become entrenched over Eastern North Carolina over the past 12 to 18 hours. Afternoon highs on Thursday were in the middle 70s inland and near 70 on the beaches. The warm air will continue to push into the region on Friday and Saturday with both expected to top out in the middle and upper 70s, except lower 70s on the immediate coast. By late Saturday afternoon a cold front will approach the area giving us a good chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm. The most likely time for the rain will be Saturday night. The cold front should move rapidly offshore by early Sunday ending the rain threat and ushering in colder air. Sunday's highs should stay in the 50s despite plenty of sunshine by the afternoon.