Raleigh, N.C. — Colder air was expected to arrive in central and eastern North Carolina early Thursday morning as separate cold fronts push through the state.
The first system, which generated some light showers and drizzle in the northern Triangle early Wednesday, pushed through by lunchtime, setting up a blustery, but sunny afternoon.
“A big pin-wheeling storm system moving up to the Northeast will take most of the energy for precipitation—rain and snow—up to the north and east,” Johnson said.
A frost advisory is in effect until Thursday morning for most of western and part of central North Carolina, including Wake, Durham, Lee, Chatham, Moore, Franklin, Warren, Vance, Granville and Orange counties as temperatures are expected to drop to the mid- to upper 30s.
Pet owners are advised make sure their pets have a warm place to sleep Wednesday evening. Protect sensitive plants by covering them or taking them inside.
Cooler temperatures will persist for the rest of the week.
"We do expect colder air to come along later on in the work week and into the weekend that may warrant a freeze warning," meteorologist Mike Maze said.
Lows Saturday morning will drop to near freezing, a mark Triangle residents haven't seen since late March.
Sunny skies and cold temperatures are expected through the weekend, the perfect weather to enjoy fun fall activities such as the State Fair.