ROCKINGHAM — It’s been a wet couple of days across the region, and the outlook for the rest of the week doesn’t look much drier.
Thunder rumbled and bolts of lightning flashed across the sky Monday as rain showers came and went and cloudy skies remained.
Nick Petro of the National Weather Service in Raleigh said there will “still be scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the week.”
The cloudy skies, rain showers and thunderstorms the area has experienced since Sunday are being caused by a stalled frontal boundary.
Petro said that happens when there is cool air to the north and warm air to the south.
“Any difference in air often serves as the focus for showers and thunderstorms,” he said.
He said the biggest concern for the area was the risk of localized flooding in typical places where water collects that have poor drainage.
Richmond County — along with Scotland and Anson counties — was under a flood advisory Monday afternoon as up to an inch and a half of rain fell during the lunchtime hour.
Several places along Biltmore Road in Rockingham had standing water around noon Monday, causing drivers to either venture through deep puddles or swerve around them.
Petro said that a “more potent” cold front will be moving across the region in the latter half of the week bringing the standard summer afternoon thunderstorms.
With those storms will come the chance for strong to damaging wind gusts.
He said those storms would be more scattered, unlike the “shield of rain” the area experienced Monday.
National Weather Service maps show parts of Richmond and Anson counties have received up to 10 inches of rain in the past 30 days.
Within the past week, most of Richmond County has seen near-normal rainfall, with some areas getting up to 2 inches above average. Parts of southern Anson County have collected more than 4 inches of rain above normal amounts.
Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675.