Rain threat continues for today and July 4th holiday

Rain threat continues for today and July 4th holiday



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Posted on July 3, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 5:12 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There's a strong chance for more rain and evening thunderstorms for the Charlotte region Wednesday.

A flash flood watch continues today across the Charlotte region. Rain will continue across the Charlotte metro area this afternoon.

Highs should be in the upper 70s to low 80s, with a 70 percent chance of rain.

“Today will pretty much be a washout,” said Larry Sprinkle of the First Warn Storm Team.

The rain could affect people's outdoor holiday plans for tonight.  

“On your way home from work today, watch out. There will be scattered showers and even a couple of strong thunderstorms,” Sprinkle said.

Heavy rain fell across the area Wednesday morning.  In the last 24 hours areas around Hickory, Lenoir and Statesville received an inch of rain.

For tomorrow, Independence Day, we'll still have an opportunity for showers and storms.

“I wouldn’t say it will rain all day on the Fourth.  It’s one of those situations where we will see more clouds than sunshine. There could be some showers and storms around some parts of the area,” Sprinkle said.

The storms will move through in the afternoon and evening, but the chance is not as high as earlier this week.

However, Thursday's storms could cause issues for area firework shows.

By Friday, the region's rain chance goes down to around 30 percent, with afternoon temperatures in the mid 80s. Great news for the weekend---the sun returns!

By this weekend much of the rain moves out and the July summer weather Charlotte is use to returns for many.

Saturday and Sunday should be warm but pretty much rain-free. Highs both days will be in the upper 80s to around 90.

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