First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rain approaches the coast

The strongest storms will exit later this evening
First Alert Forecast November 22, 2023
Published: Nov. 21, 2023 at 7:48 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2023 at 12:13 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Whether you’re at home, traveling, or headed to work, this has been a wet start to the day. Heavy rain will continue through lunchtime before departing and leaving us with clearing skies overnight. A few isolated showers will try to swing down out of Virginia tonight, but coverage will be minimal and the rain will be brief.

1-3" of rain for most areas. Isolated Strong Storms Possible.
1-3" of rain for most areas. Isolated Strong Storms Possible.(maxuser | Jim Howard)

Periods of heavy rain will persist through midday Wednesday, along with a few rumbles of thunder. 1-3″ of rain is expected to fall from I-95 to the coast. To make things worse, it’s fall! And leaves are on the ground everywhere. Those leaves and pine needles will easily clog drains leading to standing water in some spots. If you’re on the road, heavy rain will decrease visibility and cause hazardous driving conditions. Ponding on the roadways will make hydroplaning easier. While heavy rain is the main threat, enough storm fuel may move in overnight to give us a very low threat of severe weather. High winds and a tornado can’t be ruled out with some storms. Severe threat won’t hang around as long as the heavy rain will. 3-9 AM is the timeframe to watch for a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning. Have a way to get warnings overnight. As we approach lunch on Wednesday, heavy rain should start to wind down. Light to moderate rain may continue into the afternoon for some spots.

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