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Raleigh, N.C. — Downed trees, weather-related crashes and impassable roads were reported Tuesday following steady, heavy overnight rain.
Durham, Person schools delayed
Durham and Chapel Hill were most affected by isolated flooding on roads. As a result, schools in Durham and Person counties made the decision to operate on a two-hour delay Tuesday.
According to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner, most of the flooding should recede in time for the morning commute as rain tapers off.
Road closures and crashes
One of the areas most impacted by flooding is S. Estes Drive in Chapel Hill, where overflow from Bolin Creek turned the road into what looked like a river.
According to the N.C. Department of Transportation, Creedmoor Road at Mattlyn Court was impassable Tuesday morning due to a tree in the road. According to Duke Energy, as many as 200 customers in the area were without power at 4:30 a.m.
Magnum Dairy Road near Wake Forest was also impassable in both directions between Kimi Rd and Brayer Path Road.
On both directions on I-40 in Durham, standing water prohibited travel in the left lanes near Exit 274 for NC-751. Also in Durham, N. Mineral Springs Road was closed between Butler Road and Valleydale Road.
On Ten Ten Road in Apex near Cary, a work truck rain off the road into mud. A tow truck arrived at the scene to remove the truck.
Flash flood warnings were issued for Chatham, Lee and Wake counties until 5:30 a.m. A flood warning is issued for Durham County until 10:45 a.m.
According to Gardner, the rain is going to stick around for several days, and cold temperatures will bring a chill to the Triangle.
The rain will lighten for Tuesday morning’s commute before a second band moves in during the afternoon. Rain on Tuesday will be more spotty than it was Monday, but it is still a good idea to have an umbrella on hand.
A cold front that follows will bring dry skies for Wednesday, but the rain is expected to return again Thursday. Four inches of rain had already been reported at RDU at 5 a.m. Tuesday.
High pressure will bring brighter and drier skies for the weekend, which will be sunny and brisk for the Raleigh Christmas Parade on Saturday.