The rain began falling heavily early this morning and it will continue, with a break here and there, through Turkey Day, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
Meteorologist Jessica Neilef said the county will receive between 2 and 4 inches of rain during that stretch.
Neilef said the rain is the result of a low pressure system crawling up the East Coast that originated on Monday. The slow-moving storm will affect Robeson County for several days.
"It's unusual that it is moving this slow," she said.
The severity of the rains will vary, she said. Hard rain pounded Wilmington this morning, and flood warnings have been issued for Bladen County and Columbus County. No warning has been issued for Robeson County.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol advised motorists traveling for the holidays to allow extra time for travel because the roads will be much busier than normal - and more dangerous.
"Even thought the speed limit is posted, sometimes that speed is too fast to travel in inclement weather," patrol Sgt. W.R. Ellington said. "Take time and be patient. Even if the speed limit is 55 miles per hour, sometimes that's too fast."