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Brrrr! Overnight temps plummet to teens

Posted December 14, 2016
Updated December 15, 2016

— Temperatures climbed quickly on Thursday morning to reach 40 degrees by noon, but they will begin plummeting as the day goes on to bring a frigid finish to the week.

Winds gusting at more than 20 mph around central and eastern North Carolina made the air feel even colder. But even when the winds die down in the evening, there's no relief from the cold.

"We keep talking about the very cold start to (Friday) at 18 degrees," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "That 36 degree (high) is more than 15 degrees cooler than normal."

The temperature on Friday morning is likely to be in the teens, Gardner said, which would be a roughly 15 degree drop in 24 hours.

A wind chill on Thursday will keep temperatures low and actually make it feel even colder in Raleigh by 11 a.m. By lunchtime winds should reach 15 to 20 miles per hour, and even colder air will funnel in.

High temperatures on Thursday and Friday will only reach into the mid-30s, but that won't keep the region from overcorrecting through the weekend.

"All the cold air that's moving in today—pushing that warm air to the south—all of that retreats to the north," Gardner said. "The warm air pushes back northward."

The high on Saturday will be 58 degrees with a brief chance of sleet or freezing rain early in the morning. On Sunday, though, the high temperature climbs into the 70s with the potential for thunderstorms.

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