EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA - As you prepare to enjoy fun and festivities on your 4th of July holiday we're expecting independence from the rainfall, finally.
After nearly two weeks of heavy, tropical rainfall the weather pattern has finally changed to give us a week-long stretch of mainly dry weather here in the east.
A high pressure system of the Mid-Atlantic Coast has pushed westward over the last day bringing drier air in off the ocean. This system will park over us as we progress over the next several days.
If you are headed out to enjoy local fireworks displays I'm forecasting clear skies with temperatures dropping into the upper 70s by sunset.
Temperatures will be near normal, in the upper 80s and low 90s, over the next several days. Friday will have the best chance for an isolated, sea breeze thunder shower.
Because of the rainfall we've seen recently many rivers and streams are running near flood stage, with the Neuse River in Kinston and the Tar River in Greenville expected to be above flood stage through this upcoming holiday weekend.
To check out the latest river stages and for updates on your local forecast continue to follow updates from the StormTrack 12 Weather Center.