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Julia to contribute to dreary, rainy early week in the Carolinas

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Julia will contribute to a dreary first half of the week in the Carolinas as rain occasionally streams over the region.

While no longer a tropical storm, Julia will still be a nuisance to residents and visitors of the Carolinas and neighboring states early this week.

Julia will slide into North Carolina as a tropical depression or rainstorm later on Monday before getting absorbed by a non-tropical system that will linger over the southeastern United States for most of this week.

"This pattern will feed a steady stream of tropical moisture into the Carolinas," AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Brown said.

The relatively weak state of Julia will prevent damaging winds from accompanying the system onshore on Monday. However, seas will remain choppy with a moderate risk of rip currents in eastern North Carolina.

On a broader scale, Julia's moisture will contribute to periods of soaking rain streaming into the Carolinas.

The first round of rain and embedded thunderstorms will spread across North Carolina into Monday as spotty showers and thunderstorms rumble to the south. This rain will generally be associated with a front that will also make for a wet start to the week along the I-95 corridor of the Northeast.

Showers and thunderstorm activity will also increase across eastern North Carolina on Monday as Julia moves inland.

While the Northeast will dry out and warm up on Tuesday, additional rain will spread over the Carolinas and southern Virginia.

Steady periods of rain are likely to frequent Norfolk, Virginia; Raleigh and Charlotte, North Carolina, during the first half of the week.

Rainfall within this zone will likely total 1-3 inches with locally higher amounts in the most persistent downpours.

"Some parts of the eastern Carolinas saw 2-4 inches of rain thanks to Julia last week," Brown said. "This additional rainfall could lead to some flooding."

Any flooding incidents would be isolated with low-lying and poor drainage areas most susceptible to flooding.

Even where flooding does not occur, the rain threatens to ruin outdoor activities and late-season vacation plans.

Motorists may face slower travel due to wet roads and spray from other vehicles. Any downpours will worsen the situation by further reducing visibility and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning when traveling at highway speeds.

Airline passengers should also prepare for possible delays.

The rain, albeit not as heavy, should drift southward toward eastern Georgia by Wednesday, according to Brown.

Later this week, the steady rain should transition to spottier yet disruptive showers and thunderstorms that will dot a larger part of the Southeast as the non-tropical system lingers overhead.

The end of this week may also bring new tropical hazards to the southeastern United States. Karl is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and at least stir up surf at the beaches.