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Published: 2016-12-08 22:48:00
Updated: 2016-12-09 15:59:19
Posted December 8, 2016
Updated December 9, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — Baby, it's cold outside.
Temperatures around the Triangle were in the upper 20s and low 30s before the sun rose on Friday. With those bitter temperatures, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said the expected cold is finally here.
"We are bringing on the cold this morning—we promised that, and it is definitely here," Gardner said.
The wind throughout the day will make it feel colder outside than it actual is. It won't feel much warmer than 35 degrees in most cities in central and eastern North Carolina through the afternoon, and as the sun goes down, it will only get colder.
"Then overnight, same story," Gardner said. "We're going to see temperatures dropping into the low 20s."
A high pressure system squatting over the central part of the country is bringing the cold air in from the north. While Raleigh dips well below freezing on Friday and Saturday, the cold infiltrating the middle of the United States is pushing temperatures in Denver, Colorado to single digits and Bismark, North Dakota to minus 11 degrees.
On Sunday sunshine will give way to increased cloud coverage. It won’t be quite as cold, though, with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s.