First Alert Forecast: after a chilly Saturday, significant rain on the way for Sunday

Published: Jan. 21, 2023 at 2:00 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2023 at 11:35 PM EST
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Good to see you this Saturday evening! Saturday was a sharp reminder that winter is far from over with afternoon readings in the upper 40s and lower 50s after several mild spring-like days. Tonight we begin to turn our attention to an approaching Gulf storm, which should be one of the the biggest rain makers southeast North Carolina has seen in a very long time. Clouds will increase tonight with rain becoming likely near daybreak Sunday. Lows should settle into the lower 40s.

Sunday will feature periods of rain and possibly even a few embedded heavy thunderstorms. Widespread one to two inch rainfall totals are likely through Sunday evening. Showers will continue into Sunday evening with rain quickly ending by early Monday morning. Highs will range from the upper 50s inland to 60s along the coast.

After a cool and mostly sunny break for much of Monday and Tuesday, another Gulf storm will bring rain and thunderstorm chances back to the mix on Wednesday. There should be a real opportunity to make a dent in the drought over the next five days.

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