CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A soggy start to Christmas week is finally giving way to a nice Christmas Day forecast.
The backend of a massive rainmaker continued to dump rain over the Lowcountry before moving out Tuesday morning, causing ponding and some street closures in downtown Charleston.
Several Lowcountry communities recorded more than six inches of rain in 48 hours:
- James Island: 10.01 inches
- Downtown: 7.59 inches
- Kiawah Island: 7.19 inches
- Johns Island: 7.16 inches
- Isle of Palms: 6.44 inches
- Mount Pleasant: 6.43 inches
City of Charleston leaders were monitoring again roadways for the possibility of flooding Tuesday morning. A portion of the Crosstown was impassible in both directions for a few hours Tuesday morning. But as of shortly after 9 a.m., police said the floodwaters were receding slowly, adding that one lane was open in both directions on the Crosstown.
As of noon, police said the following roads remained closed because of flooding:
- ALL LANES CLOSED: Broad Street between Rutledge and Ashley
- ALL LANES CLOSED: Gordon Street at 12th Street
- ALL LANES CLOSED: President Street at Line Street
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A coastal flood warning for multiple counties expired Tuesday morning, and a high surf advisory for Charleston County expired at 1 p.m.
Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said the storm will move east and drier air will build in behind it.
Look for showers Monday night and into Tuesday morning before drier air moves in and sunshine returns by lunch Tuesday.
“High pressure will take over for Christmas Day and lots of sunshine is expected with highs in the mid 60′s,” Walsh said."Look for more sunshine Thursday and Friday with highs near 70."
There is also a risk for shallow coastal flooding around high tide Wednesday morning.