(NC News Network)–It’s becoming more likely that a tropical storm could develop near North Carolina over the next two days, bringing heavy rain to the coast.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the low pressure system is currently over South Carolina and moving northeast towards the North Carolina coast.
The system is expected to form into a tropical depression or tropical storm near or just offshore North Carolina in the coming days.
NCNN meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said up to 2 inches of rain are possible over the next five days, with more rain falling east of Interstate 95.
Central North Carolina will see some heavy downpours in the afternoon and evening Wednesday and Thursday, but severe weather is not expected. A moderate rip current risk is already in effect at the coast and will likely be upgraded to a high risk by Thursday.
Although a risk for storms remains Friday, rain will be heaviest Wednesday and Thursday.
Temperatures will stay mild, with highs in the mid to upper 80s, until the weekend, when sunshine and 90s return.
(Graphic courtesy of NC News Network & WRAL TV)