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Much needed rain on the way

By Les Still
Published On: Apr 04 2013 05:44:28 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 04 2013 07:15:43 AM CDT
rain today
EASTERN N.C. -

It's a dry start for our Thursday morning but I am tracking a developing storm system in the Florida Panhandle that will ride up along the Eastern seaboard and spread rainfall from southwest to northeast by this afternoon.

Rain will come down at its heaviest after sunset tonight through sunrise Friday morning.  We could be looking at an inch or greater of rainfall as this storm tracks up the Highway 17 corridor. 

The incoming rainfall is much needed.  We are more than an inch and a half below normal in Beaufort.  We are three and a half inches below normal in Greenville and greater than five inches below normal in New Bern for total rainfall this year. 

The storm will move away from the coast Friday afternoon with dryer and cooler weather expected for the first part of our weekend.  By Sunday and upper-level ridge will set up over the eastern United States, allowing our first real taste of Spring-like weather to last through the first part of next week. 

By Tuesday, afternoon high temperatures will be pushing 80 degrees.