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Drizzle, light rain to linger in Charlotte area

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

Rain or drizzle could linger in the Charlotte region for the next two days, but the precipitation should be far lighter than what fell Monday, according to the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C.

As much as 2.5 inches of rain dumped on the region Monday. Flooding closed more than a dozen state-maintained roads in Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties.

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.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for only a 30 percent chance of rain or drizzle during the day and a 40 percent chance at night. Patchy fog could blanket some areas.

Less than a 10th of an inch of rain is expected to fall during the day Tuesday and again Tuesday night.

Wednesday has a 30 percent chance of showers, diminishing to a 20 percent chance at night.

Thursday and Friday are forecast to be most cloudy, with showers likely to return Saturday and Saturday night, according to the weather service.

Highs, meanwhile, could shoot up from 64 Tuesday and 65 Wednesday to 72 Thursday, 75 Friday and 72 Saturday. Sunday could drop to a high of 59.

Rain chances should also drop again, to 30 percent on Sunday. Monday is expected to be mostly sunny.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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