Heavy rains soak the Carolinas

A moisture-rich low pressure system off the Carolina coast is pushing rain into the Carolinas through the weekend.

Charlotte saw its first batch of heavy rain Thursday afternoon. More heavy rainfall was expected Friday morning, where localized roadway flooding is possible.

Heavy rains soaked the Carolinas Thursday, including at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where campus police pulled a driver trapped in flooding waters in her car. Student Jarrett Ritter captured the rescue on video and posted it to Twitter.



More rains were expected Friday in Charlotte. In her Fox 46 AccuWeather forecast, Amanda Cox is calling for 1 to 3 inches of rain with locally higher amounts possible. The largest rainfall accumulations were expected across the North Carolina foothills.

The rain will likely impact Friday morning commute, where poor drainage areas and low lying areas will likely see the pooling of water. Nick Kosir and Chuck Roads will keep you updated on the latest weather and traffic conditions starting at 4:30a on Good Day Charlotte.

An updated drought monitor index released Thursday shows severe drought conditions has expanded into the foothills. The City of Charlotte, which is characterized as being in a moderate drought, remains about seven and a half inches behind annual averages. The counties to the west and northwest of Charlotte are seeing the most severe drought conditions. Gaston County's Bessemer City says its reservoir is running out.

Heavy rainfall Friday could fall too fast for the dried out ground to properly soak up, Fox 46's Amanda Cox warns. However, any rain is welcome.

Rain and clouds remain in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, although the heaviest of rains are expected Friday. The sun is expected to return by Monday.

You can check your forecast anytime by visiting http://fox46charlotte.com/weather or by downloading the Fox 46 News mobile app.