Published: 2014-11-13 07:50:00
Updated: 2014-11-13 14:21:22
Posted November 13, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Noon felt a lot like dawn Thursday in the Triangle, where temperatures hovered near 50 degrees. It's the first taste of a serious blast of cold that will settle in through the weekend, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
Thursday's forecast high – 55 degrees – would be about 10 to 15 degrees below normal for mid-November in central North Carolina. By Saturday morning, it will be another 10 degrees colder, and overnight lows Friday and Saturday will dip below the freezing mark, Gardner said.
"The cold air is going to come into the Triangle in stages. We will feel it this afternoon and again tomorrow morning, and then the big shot of bitter air will arrive tomorrow night and Saturday morning," Gardner said.
Clouds are likely to linger throughout the bulk of the day Thursday, and some areas could see widely scattered showers during the afternoon. Areas south and east of the Triangle have a better chance to see precipitation.
Skies will clear overnight, allowing early-morning lows to dip into the mid-30s on the final day of the work week.
Friday will be bright and sunny, but afternoon highs will likely hover in the mid-40s, about 20 degrees below normal. The last time Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded a daytime high in the 40s was March 26.
"Area high school football games will have temperatures in the 30s this evening," Gardner said. "Stay warm!"
Early Saturday, much of the area will be in the mid-20s. The record low for Nov. 15 was set in 1969, when the low hit 21 degrees.
Daytime highs will linger in the mid- and upper 40s on Saturday and Sunday under sunny skies.