Monday forecast: Less rain, flash flood watch in effect

This story was updated at 5 a.m. Sunday.

The forecast Monday morning for the Charlotte area looks calmer than anything the city has seen in days, though a flash flood watch has been extended for the remainder of the day.

Charlotte and the surrounding area have a 40 percent chance of rain Monday, with a chance of thunderstorms and patchy fog.

National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Wilkinson said heavy rain is moving north and away from Charlotte.

New flooding is not expected around Charlotte, Wilkinson said, although it will take time for water to recede from swollen creeks and waterways.

“The worst of it’s over for Charlotte,” Wilkinson said.

New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are expected Monday in Charlotte, except higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms.

The challenge, says the National Weather Service, is soil in the region remains saturated, meaning new rain cannot be easily absorbed.

“Life-threatening flash flooding is possible through tonight, especially where the rain falls on soils left saturated by earlier rainfall,” National Weather Service said.

“Streams and creeks are likely to rise quickly during heavy rain and flood nearby low-lying areas. Larger rivers eventually will rise to flood stage as well.”

If you have to drive, be extremely careful and avoid flooded roads, the National Weather Service said.

Jane Wester: 704-358-5128, @janewester

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