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As fall comes to close, NC to see increasing sun, pleasant temps

Posted December 20, 2016

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— Central and eastern North Carolina will dry out and remain chilly on the final day of fall, but more pleasant temperatures will arrive to close out the work week and for the holiday weekend.

Skies will begin to clear from west to east on Tuesday as a high pressure system moves toward the Triangle from the north and west.

WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said areas to the east of Raleigh will see clouds through the bulk of the day before they move out overnight and early on Wednesday.

"Clouds are drifting over the state this morning, and once they move through, some of us will see some peeks of sun during the day today," she said. "But that clearing could come pretty late in the day for areas along and east of Interstate 95."

Temperatures will hold steady in the mid-40s Tuesday afternoon, slightly below normal for late December.

After skies completely clear overnight, the first day of winter will be sunny and pleasant, with highs climbing into the mid-and upper-50s for the region.

"We're going to see this nice weather linger through the rest of the work week – highs in the 50s to near 60 degrees and lows in the upper 20s and low 30s," Gardner said.

A few raindrops could fall in the Triangle on Christmas Eve, a day that will see highs in the low 50s.

Christmas Day, however, will be glorious. Highs could reach the 60s under partly cloudy skies.

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