LUMBERTON — With Hurricane Matthew still fresh in their minds, Robeson County residents are a bit weary when they hear heavy rain is in the forecast and that flooding is possible.
But that is the two-day forecast this afternoon as a system moves from the southwest and into North Carolina and Robeson County. The good news is, unlike on Oct. 8 when Matthew hit, Robeson County has been through a dry spell and should be able to handle several inches of rain without significant flooding.
But a flood watch is in effect through Monday.
In October, the county was still saturated from Tropical Storm Hermine, and when Matthew dumped from 12 to 18 inches throughout the county in less than a day, the Lumber River swelled to record levels. The rest is history.
Rain should begin later this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, and the chance of it is 100 percent tonight and into Monday morning. There could be some thunderstorms in the mix. Rain will remain in the forecast all day Monday and into Tuesday, when skies will be cloudy but the rain should stop.
Depending on the path of the system, Robeson County is looking at between 3 and 5 inches of rain, or as many as 5 to 8 inches. Temperatures during that time will range from the mid-50s during the evening hours, to the mid-70s during the day.
The sun will return on Wednesday when temperatures will be back in the 80s.