LUMBERTON — It’s all clear ahead.
Robeson County residents, weary of the unrelenting cold and rain that will continue through today, finally have something to look forward to — some sunny skies and warmer temperatures, and they will arrive with the weekend.
Thursday and today were the wettest days of another wet week, with nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain falling yesterday and into this morning.
Temperatures in the high-30s and strong winds made for a blustery, soggy day Thursday. Winds reached 48 mph at their strongest, toppling trash cans and bringing down small tree limbs throughout the county.
All that precipitation has yet again put Robeson County under a flood warning as the Lumber River reached 11.41 feet at 7 a.m. today. Water was piling up on roads this morning, but not enough to carry any car-poolers away.
During January and February, Lumberton saw about 6.07 inches of rain, compared with 5.57 inches during those two months in 2013. Then there were two four-day periods of ice and snow, first in late January and then in mid-February.
Hold on just a little while longer.
“It looks like we’re going to still have rain through the rest of the day,” said Brad Reinhart, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
After that, it’s all blue sky and sunshine.
Saturday will be sunny with a high of 67 degrees and temperatures overnight shouldn’t dip below 43. Sunday and Monday will be just as nice, and temperatures on Tuesday could climb to 71 degrees.
Enjoy it while it lasts. There’s a 70 percent chance of showers on Wednesday.