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Cold continues for clear Thanksgiving

Posted November 28, 2013

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— North Carolina traded wet, wintry precipitation earlier in the week for blue skies this Thanksgiving, although the cold temperatures will stick around.

A weather system that brought wildly fluctuating temperatures, ice storms and even a confirmed tornado along the coast moved out of the area late Wednesday, leaving below-freezing temperatures overnight.

"This sunshine will warm us up, but it will be very slow to do so," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Temperatures are still going to be running 20 degrees below normal for today."

Gardner said things will remain quiet across the region as high pressure system builds and takes control of the weather across a large portion of the country.

Temperatures will reach the low 40s after lunchtime, but will dip down again for early morning shoppers on Black Friday.

Dry, cold conditions for central North Carolina will continue through early next week.

Across the country, holiday travelers won't see many weather problems aside from some lake-effect snow in the northeast, the last holdovers from the winter system that swept across the county this week.

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