Arctic air brings bitter cold temps; chance of winter weather

Posted November 24, 2013

— Lows were forecast to drop to the mid- to upper teens early Monday across central and eastern North Carolina, thanks to a powerful cold front that is pushing cold, dry air into the region.

"This is the coldest shot of arctic air we've seen this fall, and this time, it's going to stick with us for more than a couple of days," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.

The cold will settle in for a week of lower-than-normal temperatures. The mercury's highest climb will be Tuesday, when it is expected to reach 52 degrees in Raleigh.

"We'll be in the 40s throughout the next week," Wilmoth said. "In fact, some of our daytime highs will be close to our normal low temperatures for late November."

A low pressure system will arrive in the Triangle late Monday, helping generate showers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Some parts of the area could see between 1 and 3 inches of rain, and with colder temperatures, Wilmoth said freezing rain and ice accumulation between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. is not out of the question for the Triad and western Person County.

The frozen precipitation will turn into rain by around 10 a.m. as temperatures rise throughout the morning.

That could be an issue for people in the Triangle traveling west for the holiday.

For the Triangle, expect heavy rain and the possibility of minor flooding.

"On Wednesday afternoon, if there's enough moisture, we could see a little bit of snow from Raleigh to points west," Wilmoth said. "South of Raleigh, however, it should stay all rain."

Skies will clear in time for Thanksgiving.

"Sunshine will return Thanksgiving Day, but the temperatures won't rebound at all," Wilmoth said.


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