Rain will come in waves, last for days

— Umbrellas will come in handy on the first day of the new year and for several days after as a lingering pattern of rain sets in that could carry us well into the work week.

The rain many woke up to on Sunday morning promises to stick around for quite awhile, according to WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson.

Temperatures were mild, in the 50s, for most of Sunday as rain fell steadily throughout the day. By evening, the rain is even more likely to pick up, with a 90 percent chance of precipitation beginning around 6 p.m. and staying strong through Monday afternoon.

“It will be a mild, cloudy day full of spotty showers,” said Johnson. “But this is not going to be a heavy, soaking rain — it’s a moderate rain here and there.”

Monday and Tuesday will be a different story.

“We’ll have a couple of days’ worth of rain chances coming in waves, with heavier rounds coming tonight through tomorrow morning and tomorrow night into Tuesday morning,” said Johnson. “When it’s all said and done, drought-stricken parts of the country — including our mountains — will have totals of 1 to 3 inches of rain.”

Overall, Monday will be much more cloudy and wet than Sunday, and thunderstorms are likely in the morning. Monday will also be warmer than Sunday, with highs in the upper 50s, and Tuesday, which is likely to be the warmest day of the week, could see temperatures in the 70s.

The scattered showers should finally start to slow down by Wednesday as temperatures start to cool down again. Check the hourly forecast and map center for detailed rainy weather forecasts.

A special thank you to our friends at WRAL for helping out with this post.