Raleigh, N.C. — Rain showers could dampen the first afternoon and evening of the 2013 NC State Fair, but the opening weekend of festivities will stay largely dry after the passage of a cold front, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
Skies will stay mostly cloudy across the Triangle Thursday, but temperatures will push into the upper 70s by the time fair gates open at 3 p.m. Any rain that does fall during the afternoon and evening will be light.
"It's a good idea to take along the umbrella if you're headed out for preview day," Gardner said. "It's going to be mild today, and evening temperatures will stay in the low 70s or upper 60s."
The cold front generating Thursday's rain chances will weaken as it moves through the area overnight, allowing sunshine to return to the forecast on Friday. Areas to the south and east of the Triangle may see more patchy cloud cover, but the entire area will dry out as temperatures climb into the low 70s.
On Saturday, another system will produce afternoon showers, Gardner said.
"Our chances for showers will climb to about 40 percent Saturday afternoon and early evening," Gardner said. "But once that front moves out, we will see some pretty dramatic cooling – especially for our morning lows."
Highs Sunday will top out in the upper 60s, and by Monday morning, lows could dip into the mid-40s. Highs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will climb to near 70 degrees under partly cloudy skies.