Latest forecast: Here comes the sun

Nov. 27, 2013 @ 02:34 PM

Durham residents can give thanks for one more thing on Thursday: The sun comes back.

After getting 1.5 inches of rain from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday, dry conditions are expected through Sunday, according to forecasters.

“We should have a sunny Thanksgiving,” said Scott Sharp, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at N.C. State University in Raleigh. “And it won’t be as windy as Wednesday.”

In the city, Durham police took reports on 58 traffic accidents between 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said. She said 16 accidents were reported Wednesday between 7:30 a.m. and early afternoon.

Rain was blamed for several wrecks outside the city limits, but none involved injury, according to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office and the N.C. State Highway Patrol. No flooding problems were reported.

Duke Energy said 51 Durham customers were without power Wednesday morning.

At Durham’s two reservoirs – Lake Michie and Little River – rain lifted levels almost two inches Wednesday, city officials said.

Lake Michie was at 336.8 feet (mean sea level) Wednesday morning, well below its capacity of 341 feet. Little River Reservoir’s reading was 352.8 feet Wednesday – shy of full at 355 feet.

Durham’s forecast calls for sun Thursday and Friday, with increasing clouds late Saturday. Sunday is expected to be partly to mostly cloudy, with little chance of rain.