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Heavy rains shut roads across Charlotte region; flood threat remains

Sam Newell Road near Independence Pointe Parkway in Matthews was closed earlier due to flooding, Monday morning, Nov. 2, 2015.
Sam Newell Road near Independence Pointe Parkway in Matthews was closed earlier due to flooding, Monday morning, Nov. 2, 2015. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Heavy rain turned most of the Charlotte region into a gray, soggy mess on Monday.

As much as 2.5 inches of rain fell across the Charlotte region on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The precipitation prompted a flood warning until about noon, and a flood watch that lasted until midnight. The rain caused headaches for commuters and likely contributed to a Monday morning crash that killed a man on Interstate 485.

On Monday night, thousands of poncho-wearing fans trudged to Bank of America Stadium for the game between the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts.

More than a dozen state-maintained roads were closed at one point Monday in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties because of flooding, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation. Anson County schools told parents Monday afternoon that some buses were returning to schools because they couldn’t traverse flooded roads.

Busy University City Boulevard was closed between Ikea Boulevard and the North Tryon Street/U.S. 29 interchange. In Matthews, part of Sam Newell Road was closed just south of Independence Boulevard, police said.

The rain “resulted in street flooding in poor drainage areas and steady rises on area streams and creeks,” the National Weather Service reported. “Additional rises are expected ... and new street flooding will be likely to develop especially in locations throughout the city of Charlotte.”

The rain probably will stay for a couple days. It will ease Tuesday and Wednesday, turning into a mixture of patchy drizzle and light rain. High temperatures will be in the mid-60s, lows will be in the 50s.

The precipitation will end by Thursday, when the forecast calls for a partly sunny sky and temperatures in the low 70s. Friday will be even warmer, with a high near 74 and more sunshine.

But the rain won’t be done for the week. The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers on Saturday and 30 percent chance on Sunday.

Cleve R. Wootson Jr.: 704-358-5046, @CleveWootson

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