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We'll get rain — then near perfect weather for Apple Festival

Although forecasts show tropical storm Idalia tacking east to drench the Piedmont and Coastal Plain of North Carolina, plenty of rain is on the way to the mountains, too. But our rain is from a cold front, not Idalia.
Some models show close to 4 inches of rain in Brevard and 3.25 inches in southern Henderson County through Tuesday ahead of very nice weather starting Thursday and continuing through the first three days of the N.C. Apple Festival.
The rain starts this afternoon, the National Weather Service said, with showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 p.m. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches are possible through tonight.

Showers are likely again Tuesday, with up to a half inch possible, and Wednesday, when the rain chance drops to 50 percent. We get the payoff Thursday with mostly sunny skies and a high of 75, followed by near perfect weather for the Apple Festival. The forecast calls for sunny skies and highs of 77 on Friday, 82 on Saturday and 83 on Sunday.