Friday will feature one more day of dry, sunny conditions before wet weather returns for the weekend, bringing the potential for heavy rain region-wide Saturday through Sunday.

High pressure just off the East Coast today will yield another day of mostly sunny skies from the Piedmont to the mountains under a southeasterly return flow. Temperatures will be mild, warming into the 50s and low 60s across the Piedmont with upper 40s in the High Country -- an excellent way to end out the work week!

Clouds will increase from the south Friday night ahead of a batch of rain that will move in by early Saturday morning, kicking off what will be a period of prolonged wet weather that will last for the next several days. Showers will continue until at least early Saturday afternoon before there is a bit of a lull in the shower action towards the middle half of the day. This "dry time" won't last long, however. Another round of moisture will move in by Saturday evening into Sunday, bringing periods of heavy rain across the region.

Rainfall amounts will be heaviest in the mountains, where they'll have the potential to pick up near and over 2" through early Monday morning, with local pockets near 3" possible. Lower elevations are looking at the range of 1"-2". With expected rain totals as high as these, localized flash flooding will likely be an issue through the weekend.

The unsettled wet weather pattern is here to stay for a while, with rain chances continuing well into next week.  

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