Wet weather causes dangerous morning commute

— Rainfall and wet conditions caused multiple wrecks and power outages across the Triangle area Tuesday morning.

“We’re likely to have this rain at least through the morning hours, possibly in to the afternoon as well,” WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said. “Have some patience if you’re going to head out shopping.”

Wilmoth said the Raleigh and surrounding areas are expected to see 1 to 2 inches of rain throughout Tuesday.

Highs are expected to reach the upper 60s, and lows won’t cool down much, staying in the low-60s.

“No lightning, no thunder with these [showers], just some very heavy downpours,” Wilmoth said.

Gusty winds up to 20 ,mph will accompany the band of weather that continues to progress toward the eastern side of the state.

Wilmoth said the area will see a break late Tuesday afternoon and into the evening hours.

“We’ll continue to have waves of low pressure moving in; we’ll have plenty of moisture in place, so this weather is likely to continue as we go into the overnight hours and into tomorrow,” Wilmoth said.

Temperatures are expected to climb into the 70s on Wednesday with possible showers and storms.

“Tomorrow we have a good chance of seeing some showers, even maybe some storms,” Wilmoth said.

Wilmoth said the biggest threat for sever weather will be west of the viewing area.

“We’re going to have a mess on our hands for the next couple of days,” Wilmoth said. “We start to look a little bit better as we head toward Christmas, but still very wet weather between now and then.”

The temperature for Christmas Eve is forecast to reach 77 degrees, which would break the previous record of 75 degrees, which was set in 1931.

Temperatures will remain well above average throughout the week of Christmas.

Wilmoth said the current forecast of 77 degrees on Christmas Day would tie the area’s previously held record for the hottest Christmas Day on record.

,Rainfall and wet conditions caused multiple wrecks and power outages across the Triangle area Tuesday morning.

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