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Chance of rain remains Friday, increases over weekend

Friday has the lowest chance of precipitation the Charlotte area has seen in days, but forecasters say more rain is likely heading into the weekend.

Friday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high in the low 80’s and a 30-percent chance for afternoon and evening showers, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Patrick Moore.

“The chances for precipitation go back up over the weekend,” he said, noting there’s a 60-percent chance for more rain Saturday, Saturday night and into Sunday.

“There could be some heavy rain around on Saturday in particular, but it’s a little too early to say if there’s a significant threat of any additional flooding,” Moore said.

“With all the rain we’ve had in the area in the past week-and-a-half, that’ll be something that will be a concern till we finally dry out.”

Moore said areas around Mt. Island Lake and the Catawba River in East Gaston County and West Mecklenburg County remain under a flood warning this morning, which will be reevaluated around 9 a.m.

“We’ll have to see if the levels (are) expected to fluctuate due to dam releases by Duke Energy,” Moore said.

Even more rain will remain a possibility through next Thursday, Moore said, but in a pattern more typical for summertime around Charlotte.

“It looks like going to have scattered – mainly afternoon and evening – thunderstorms,” Moore said, adding high temperatures will climb into the high 80’s for the majority of the week.

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