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Wet weekend ahead

By Ellen Bacca
Published On: Mar 23 2013 09:57:35 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 23 2013 10:00:58 AM CDT
0323 Wet Weekend
eastern Carolina -

After a dry and cool week the forecast is finally shifting, but the shift is towards rain, not warmth.

Temperatures will stay in the 50's as a two-part system moves into eastern Carolina this weekend. The first batch of showers will pass to the south of Highway 70 tracking from the west to the east during the middle of the day Saturday. Clouds will linger Saturday night and then return as a bigger system pushes in for Sunday.

Rain looks to begin around 8a.m. for Onslow, Duplin, Carteret and Jones Counties Sunday morning. Slowly the rain will push north, encompassing all of eastern Carolina up to the Virginia state line. The storm that is bringing the rain will pick up so much energy from the Gulf Stream, a new storm center will develop a off the coast. This newly formed storm will then unleash rain like a make-shift Nor'easter. Eastern Carolina can expect cold rain on Sunday with wrap around wind and chilly tempratures for Monday.

Monday into Tuesday temperatures could be cold enough at cloud-level to produce some flurries towards evening for counties north of Highway 64.