Chilly weather continues, but not as bad

Posted January 8, 2014

Current Temperatures, DMA

— Temperatures were moderating across central and eastern North Carolina late Wednesday morning, a sign that the bitterly cold air that gripped the state on Tuesday is receding to the north and west. 

Afternoon highs are expected to climb into the upper 30s, below normal for early January but still 10 to 15 degrees warmer than Tuesday's highs. 

Tuesday’s low in Raleigh reached 9 degrees – the first time in nearly 14 years that the temperature plummeted to single digits. The previous record low for Jan. 7 was 15 degrees. 

Temperatures cracked 32 degrees late Wednesday morning and will remain in the 30s throughout the afternoon. Overnight lows are expected to dip into the 20s.

More moderate temperatures are expected Thursday, and by the weekend high temperatures will climb into the 60s thanks to a high pressure system from the northwest that will combine with air from the Gulf of Mexico.

That will mean warmer, but also wetter weather. Rain is expected to roll in overnight Thursday and continue on and off Friday. Light rain is also possible for Saturday.

Sunday is expected to be cloudy with a high of 56 degrees.


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  • t0rnadochaser Jan 9, 2014

    Storm Prediction Center (Norman, OK) Saturday's forecast for eastern NC/SC (the "warm sector" mentioned)

  • t0rnadochaser Jan 8, 2014

    "Most likely going to be too much rain to allow for much instability." Well I may have to correct myself, lol. The ETA forecast (supercomputer) model, which early this morning was predicting the cold air to remain in place (and disagreed with the GFS model showing moisture Saturday eve) is now indicating pockets of low level 0-3km CAPE of 160+ from generally Columbia, SC to Raleigh, NC ahead of the cold front by 7pm Saturday. My gut still lies with a barely thunder rainout; I mean we do have the coldest, densest air mass in modern US history in place atm. Any warm air riding north, even on a 60+kt low level jet, will have to simply overrun it for quite a while until cold wedge is pushed northward in time for destabilization ahead of front. BUT if this does in fact occur, low/mid/upper lvel winds will be very favorable for rotating storms.

  • t0rnadochaser Jan 8, 2014

    "into the 60s (PM Saturday) thanks to a high pressure system from the northwest" XD They meant low pressure, and a very strong V upper low pressure system nonetheless. If we get any sun Saturday afternoon in fact, especially down near SC border, a tornado threat will exist. Most likely going to be too much rain to allow for much instability, let's hope. I'd be more worried Saturday down in Mississippi and especially Alabama - the cold air wedge in place may help us alot here.

  • usocrazi Jan 8, 2014

    "Chilly weather continues, but not as bad"

    Great writers you have there wral. Does "not as bad" mean not as cold? If I like cold weather it's not as good.

  • baldchip Jan 8, 2014

    Guess what-it's really COLD!!

    Be safe!!

  • seenbetterdaze Jan 8, 2014

    Hooray! 33 degrees!!!

  • seenbetterdaze Jan 8, 2014

    The above temp map shows the temp at 22 degrees at 7:39 am. It is now 10:57am and it is now 32 degrees. Hopefully it will warm on up into the 40's at midday!

  • Gator Girll Jan 8, 2014

    It was 5.9 degrees yesterday morning and it was 7.1 degrees this morning (Durham). Guess that means a warm up. Bundle up, folks.