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NWS issues flood watch, forecasts rain through the Fourth

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Henderson County and all of Western North Carolina, predicting two to three more inches of rain through 8 p.m. Wednesday and 80 percent chance of rain on Independence Day.

Heavy rain in the area Monday evening is likely to be followed by more of the same through Thursday, the weather service said. Forecasters predicted a strong chance of rain through the holiday week, with an 80 percent chance of rain on Independence Day and 70 percent that night.

Chance of rain is 80 percent today, with gusty winds and lightning during thunderstorms. Tuesday night could bring showers possibly a thunderstorm. Showers are likely Wednesday and the area could see a thunderstorm before noon. Chance of rain is 80 percent. The threat of excessive rain Wednesday and Wednesday night covers Western North Carolina and the Piedmont; on Thursday the threat of heavy rain shifts more to the mountains, forecasters said.
During the day on the Fourth, forecasters predict an 80 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms, and a 70 percent chance of rain Thursday night.

Rain could be heavy at times throughout the three-day stretch. The rain chance drops to 50 percent Friday and 40 percent Saturday.