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Flooding could hit Triad as Hurricane Sally’s remnants pass through. Expect cooler weather, too.

Flooding could hit Triad as Hurricane Sally’s remnants pass through. Expect cooler weather, too.

The remnants of Hurricane Sally likely will inundate the Triad and Northwest North Carolina with rain Thursday through early Saturday, forecasters say. The storm also will combine with a cold front to lower temperatures.

"You are definitely going to get some showers," said Chrissy Cockrell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh. "And it may result in localized flooding in the Triad."

The storm's remnants might produce 2 to 5 inches Thursday through Friday in the Triad, Cockrell said.

The weather service has issued a hazardous weather alert for central North Carolina, including Forsyth, Guilford and Davidson counties. Steady rainfall Thursday through Saturday could result in flooding in urban areas, the weather service said.

Hurricane Sally was expected to come ashore late Tuesday night in the Mobile Bay area of south Alabama, the weather service said. As of Tuesday, the storm had winds of 85 mph and was moving at 2 mph.

The storm's predicted rainfall of up to 30 inches in the Gulf Coast region could trigger historic rainfall over the southern United States, according to Accuweather in State College, Pa.

The storm may unload excessive rainfall on portions of southeastern Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, the Florida panhandle and the Carolinas during its slow move northeastward through the end of this week, Accuweather said.

Tonight's forecast in Greensboro calls for a 30% chance of showers, mainly after 2 a.m. It will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. 

Thursday's forecast brings a 70% chance of rain in Greensboro with 1 to 2 inches of rain possible Thursday night and a low temperature of 64.

On Friday, there's a 70% chance of showers and up to ¾ inches of rain possible. 

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