Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the yard, more wet weather is approaching the region from the south.
Earlier forecasts had called for the rain to start tonight, becoming heavy at times throughout Thursday. But it was already raining in most of northeastern North Carolina at sunrise.
That moisture will struggle at first to move north because of very dry air in Virginia, the National Weather Service said in its morning briefing.
Forecasters were expecting the rain, between a half to an inch total by Thursday afternoon, to eventually start making its way up the coast by late this morning.
With much of the region already saturated from 8.33 inches of rain so far this year — 2.02 inches already in March — yards will remain soggy.
It will be windy along the coast, blowing out of the northeast at 20-25 mph today before turning out of the east at 15-20 mph tonight. It will remain windy through at least Sunday.
The weather service has issued gale warnings and small craft advisories for the coast, where there is a chance of some beach erosion.