GREENSBORO, NC -- The rain rolled in early in the day on Friday, but much more is on the way as we head into the weekend. Not only will rain be a big part of the weekend, but so will cooler than normal temperatures.
An area of high pressure centered over the Northeast will provide a constant flow of cool air down the eastern side of the Appalachian Mountains. Meanwhile, an area of low pressure in the Mid-Mississippi Valley will provide a stream of cloud cover and showers across the entire Southeast.
Showers will be a little more isolated through Friday evening as the first wave of rain moves off to the east. The clouds will thin out slightly giving way to a few peaks of sunshine before sunset.
Another wave of showers will move into the Triad overnight Friday into Saturday morning. This wave will bring widespread showers with pockets of heavy rain. Low temperatures Friday night will be in the mid-upper 60s.
Scattered showers will be possible through the day on Saturday, but more likely through Saturday afternoon. The rain will be on and off, but at times there will be pockets of heavy rain which could result in brief flash flooding.
As the area of low pressure slowly moves east, widespread showers will remain likely across the entire Triad through Sunday. The showers on Sunday may also result in flash flooding.
The cool northeasterly flow coupled with overcast and rainy conditions through the weekend will result in even cooler temperatures than what the Triad saw on Friday. High temperatures on Friday were in the middle 70s. High temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will likely range from the upper 60s to low 70s.
Rainfall totals through the weekend will range between 2-4". While rainy weather isn't exactly what many people want for the weekend there is some good to come with the rain. For the year, the Triad has roughly an inch and a half rainfall deficit. Further, according to the Drought Monitor 17% of North Carolina, including most of the Piedmont, is considered to be 'Abnormally Dry'. The rainfall expected over the weekend would deplete the yearly rainfall deficit for the Triad and bring much needed relief for local agricultural interests.
You can stay up to date with current conditions and the latest forecast by frequenting the WFMY News 2 Weather Section on WFMYNews2.com. An excellent resource this weekend will be live interactive radar to track the rain that will be moving in and out of the area. You can also stay connected by following our meteorologists on twitter. (@grant_gilmore, @TimBuckleyWX, @EdMatthews2)