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Much needed rain and thunderstorms

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EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA - We are tracking showers and thunderstorms around the area this afternoon. Be on the alert for the danger of gusty winds, downpours, lightning strikes and small hail, with any of these storms that develop.

Our three stretch of dry weather will come to an end. We started today with about 2.75" below normal rainfall for the area. We ended the month of May at about 1.3" below normal. It is getting dry and now is the time crops need moisture to take off after planting.

A cold front is pushing in across the southern Appalachians this afternoon. It will be dropping its way slowly, southward, toward our area before it dissipates over us on Friday.

With warm, moist air in place, this will lead to the potential of numerous rounds of showers and storms. Storms today will develop across the deeper inland areas such as Kinston, Greenville, Williamston and Windsor. Any of the storms could have brief, heavy downpours and possibly a damaging wind gust with them. Beaches and coastal areas should remain dry for one more day.

Things will then change Tuesday night as the front continues to press across the area. This front will still be around touching off showers and storms Wednesday, Thursday and even Friday. The greatest chance of rainfall will shift southward each day.

Even as we head into the weekend, there will still be enough ingredients in place for scattered afternoon showers and thunder showers. This pattern will potentially break by early next week.

When all is said and done next week, we will see between one and three inches of rainfall. Some spots could see more rainfall than that. The biggest danger by late this week will be that any particular Eastern North Carolina area could see multiple rounds of daily, heavy downpours. Those downpours could create minor, poor-drainage flooding issues.

You can always get the latest forecast and weather information on NewsChannel 12, wcti12.com, the StormTrack 12 weather app and our social media on Facebook and Twitter.

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