Published: 2013-03-21 19:26:00
Updated: 2013-03-22 06:27:07
Posted March 21, 2013
Updated March 22, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — The calendar shows late March, but temperatures in the Triangle are keeping thoughts of spring at bay. Thursday's windy cold gave way overnight to lows in the 20s, and the chilly weather continues through the next seven days, according to WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel.
Some parts of central North Carolina even saw a dusting of snow Thursday morning, a true anomaly for this part of the country.
Temperatures will rebound just a bit Friday and Saturday, but won't get past the mid-50s.
"We are going to get a little bit warmer," Fishel said, "but we'll be nowhere close to what the 30-year average suggests our normal temperature should be."
The normal high temperature for Raleigh on March 21 is 65 degrees, and we don't have any 60s anywhere in the seven-day forecast, he pointed out.
On Saturday, more cloud cover moves in, bringing the chance for showers, especially south of Raleigh, Fishel said. Easter egg hunters at Raleigh's Pullen Park and elsewhere will want to bundle up on their quests.
"We're really just looking at some spotty, light rain here and there Saturday morning," Fishel said. The greater chance for significant rain comes Sunday, when temperatures will stay in the 40s.
The weather pattern is being driven by an unusually strong area of high pressure over Canada, forcing the cold air down from the north, Fishel explained. "So long as that block stays in place, then nothing is going to change," he said.
Even longer term forecasts into the beginning of April show the block still keeping temperatures at or below normal across the eastern United States.