Cold air could keep spilling into NC through April 4

Posted March 22, 2013

— If the unusual weather pattern continues, cold air could keep spilling into North Carolina through April 4, according to WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

"That pattern, which is enhanced by the jet stream, is not going to change any time soon," she said. "That takes us through a good chunk of spring break for some people. So, ugh, I'm still pretty upset about that."

The weather pattern is being driven by an unusually strong area of high pressure over Canada, forcing the cold air down from the north.

Temperatures were rebounding a bit Friday but won't get past the mid-50s. In addition to the cold air, North Carolina residents can expect rain this weekend with the possibility of some wintry weather late Sunday.

On Saturday, more cloud cover moves in, bringing the chance for showers, especially south of Raleigh. Easter egg hunters at Raleigh's Pullen Park and elsewhere will want to bundle up on their quests.

"Saturday might be OK. Sunday, no, just don’t even plan anything outside," Gardner said. "On Sunday, it just looks like an all-day rain. Late Sunday, early Monday, could see a little wintry mix near the Virginia border."

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The normal high temperature for Raleigh this time of year is the mid-60s, which is not expected to happen in at least the next seven days.

"I think I'm going to stay home and get a nice cup of hot chocolate or coffee," said WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson.

Besides cold air and rain, a low dew point has made the air dry. "If you're anything like me, you've been slathering on the lotion and lip balm," Johnson said.


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  • Dan Cooper Mar 22, 4:46 p.m.

    Al Gore told me that temps 20+ degrees below average for an extended period of time is actually a result of global warming, true story.

  • HappyGirl08 Mar 22, 4:40 p.m.

    blizzard! come on why not?! LOL

  • WralCensorsAreBias Mar 22, 4:15 p.m.

    "It was 82.9 degrees on 4/4/2010 for Easter that year."

    Yeah, but that time doesn't count because it snowed 3 flakes once back in the 40's on a cold March day. There is plenty of firewood left for purchase becuase of our mild winter, stock up people.

    Before April arrives!

  • smcallah Mar 22, 2:32 p.m.

    Guys, what the heck is brime?

  • ginny159 Mar 22, 2:15 p.m.

    "always gets cool here around Easter, no matter what the date...
    March 22, 2013 11:27 a.m."

    It was 82.9 degrees on 4/4/2010 for Easter that year. I remember it being a scorcher because I was standing outside church begging my sister to head inside because the A/C was cranked in there!

  • Obamacare rises Mar 22, 2:12 p.m.

    That news makes me sad. I'm going to miss those sudden brime storms in mid-summer.

  • Obamacare rises Mar 22, 1:29 p.m.

    I'll be sitting in shorts, drinking a frozen beverage, watching triangle residents sit on the interstate for hours because they were too dumb to avoid the April blizzard and stay home.

    Please don't tell me the state has run out of brime.

  • kornfan2448 Mar 22, 1:20 p.m.

    :-( Makes me a sad panda. OleNCNative

    LOL....don't be a sad panda!

  • WralCensorsAreBias Mar 22, 1:07 p.m.

    Wax your selds then people. You MUST be prepared for the coming blizzard that will visit us in April.

    I'll be sitting in shorts, drinking a frozen beverage, watching triangle residents sit on the interstate for hours because they were too dumb to avoid the April blizzard and stay home.

  • Cock a doodle doo Mar 22, 12:56 p.m.

    "It really has been quite cool for late March. Where's the global warming crowd been at" -Pantherslose45

    I don't care whether people believe or don't believe in climate change, but this is the most inane retort that always gets posted. The other people do it when it's hot, so it's an equal opportunity comment.