First Alert Forecast: rivers falling, rain chances rising

Your First Alert forecast from Wednesday morning, September 26, 2018
Your First Alert 7-Day Planning Forecast... (Source: WECT)
Your First Alert 7-Day Planning Forecast... (Source: WECT)
A look into the Tropics as of Wednesday morning. (Source: WECT)
A look into the Tropics as of Wednesday morning. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A non-tropical area of low pressure will make its closest pass to the Carolina coast Wednesday, washing out a decaying front as it pulls away. This will pave the way for a dryer mid-week forecast. However, rain chances will ramp up once again as the next front approaches and slowly pushes through the region by the end of the week.

WEDNESDAY FORECAST: Some patchy fog is possible during the morning hours. Otherwise, look for drier and hotter conditions with mostly sunny skies and highs in the middle to upper 80s. Rain chances Wednesday should peak around 20%.

THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK: Unsettled weather returns with ample moisture brought in by a new front that will slowly move through the area. Expect variable clouds and isolated to scattered showers and storms Thursday to Saturday. Rain chances start out at a healthy 50% Thursday but will fall to 30% Saturday. Highs will be in the 80s with most lows in the lower 70s.

NEXT WEEK: Look for plenty of sun and slim rain chances. Daily highs will be in the lower 80s with middle and upper 60s for lows. It will be more comfortable.

THE TROPICAL FEATURE OFF THE COAST: There is a low chance the National Hurricane Center could classify a raggedy low pressure system off the Carolina coast a tropical depression or storm soon. Even so, local impacts would likely be limited. This is not another hurricane landfall situation. Worst-case scenario, there could be a little more wind, and an increasing rain and storm chance.

ELSEWHERE IN THE TROPICS: Tropical Storm Kirk regenerated in the central Atlantic Wednesday morning. Meanwhile, Subtropical Depression Leslie, in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, has degenerated into a remnant low with a medium chance of redevelopment in the days ahead.

The National Weather Service maintains Flood Warnings for many of southeastern North Carolina's rivers and adjacent lowland areas. Learn more about these river levels here.

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