'Beautiful' weekend ahead; highs could reach mid-60s Sunday

Posted January 29, 2016

— A dry cold front will move through central and eastern North Carolina on the final day of the work week, setting up a sun-filled weekend that will include high temperatures at or above normal.

Friday will be mostly sunny, as well, although windy conditions during the afternoon will make high temperatures in the low 50s feel more like the 30s and 40s, WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.

"We're going to be near normal for highs today, but you won't be able to tell," she said. "Winds could be 20 mph sustained this afternoon, and we could see gusts near 30 mph. The winds will be the result of the front moving through and a high-pressure system moving in."

Clear skies will allow temperatures to fall into the upper 20s early Saturday morning. Highs on the first day of the weekend will again be in the low to mid-50s, about normal for late January.

On Sunday, thought, highs will climb into the mid-60s under sunny skies.

"Sunday is going to be beautiful if you've got any outdoor plans," Wilmoth said. "We'll get to enjoy those warmer temperatures in the first couple of days of next week, too."

Highs Monday and Tuesday will be in the mid-60s before the next rain-making system arrives.

Clouds could start to move in on Groundhog Day, and rain will arrive Wednesday.

"We'll cool off again behind that midweek front, and we'll see those temperatures into next weekend," Wilmoth said.


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