Charlotte’s rain reprieve will end Monday, forecasters say

The Charlotte area’s reprieve from clouds and rain will be brief, forecasters say.

Meteorologists expect a storm system to push northward from the Gulf of Mexico late Sunday and bring a drenching rain to the region Monday and possibly early Tuesday. Between 1 and 2 inches of precipitation could fall in the Charlotte area before the low-pressure system moves away.

Low clouds and light rain blanketed the region for five days last week before high pressure finally took control Saturday, bringing sunshine and temperatures near 80 degrees in the Charlotte area.

Another rain-free day is promised Sunday for Charlotte, but forecasters said clouds will be on the increase during the day. Temperatures once again will reach the 70s, they said.

Precipitation is expected to reach the western Carolinas by Sunday afternoon and then arrive in Charlotte in the early-morning hours Monday.

“The question is not whether it will rain, but how much,” said Harry Gerapetritis, of the National Weather Service’s office in Greer, S.C.

A steady, soaking rain is expected Monday and Monday night. While the rain could come down heavily at times, Gerapetritis said the highest level of atmospheric instability will be south of the Charlotte area.

“So rainfall rates should not be high enough to support flash flooding,” he said.

Instead, it looks like the kind of rain that could bring smiles to homeowners who have aerated their lawns and seeded in recent days.

Forecasters said that while the rain is expected to end by Tuesday afternoon, the Charlotte area once again could be facing an extended period of cloudiness. It could be Thursday or Friday before sunshine is back, meteorologists said.