After seven days of sunshine in the Triangle, clouds from Tropical Storm Ida moved in Monday afternoon and rain from the system isn’t too far behind. Much needed rain is expected to move into central North Carolina Tuesday afternoon and last throughout the day Wednesday. Rainfall has been hard to come by this year and most of central North Carolina has returned to moderate drought conditions. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport is nearly ten inches behind in rainfall for the year. While the eye of Ida will never get any closer than 500 miles from the Triangle, it will bring some beneficial rain to the area, up to three inches for some with average amounts around one to two inches. In addition to rain from Ida, a cold front will also move through North Carolina early Wednesday. This cold front could drop temperatures in the Triangle down into the 40s by Wednesday afternoon. The wind will also pick up Wednesday with gusts as high as 25 miles per hour. Improvement in our weather could begin on Thursday, depending on the track of the remnants of Ida.