Published: 2014-10-30 06:48:00
Updated: 2014-10-30 07:01:51
Posted October 30, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Bright sunshine is expected across central North Carolina on Thursday, but cooler air is arriving in the area behind a passing cold front.
Highs Thursday will climb into the upper 60s, about 10 degrees cooler than Wednesday and 15 degrees cooler than Tuesday, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
"Our front came through last night and brought us a little bit of rain, and now the cooler air is arriving," she said. "Our winds have shifted to the northeast, which is going to help. The good news is we will have lots of sunshine for the next two days."
The cooling trend will continue on Friday, when daytime highs will be in the low 60s. Overnight lows will begin to drop as well, falling into the low 40s early Friday.
Trick-or-treaters will enjoy cool and crisp conditions Friday evening. Temperatures will be in the 50s throughout the bulk of the evening.
By the early-morning hours Saturday, another system – an area of low pressure moving south from Canada – will makes its way into the area to set up a cold, windy and wet Saturday. Highs will top out near 50 degrees across the bulk of the Triangle.
"Our rain chances will hover between 40 to 50 percent all day on Saturday," Gardner said. "It's not going to be a very nice day. Perfect chance to stay inside and watch a movie."
The system will move out quickly Saturday night and early Sunday, and the area should see sunshine again by the Sunday afternoon as highs climb into the mid-50s.
Clear skies will help overnight lows dip to near freezing Monday, Gardner said.
"We'll see our first widespread frost and freeze on Monday and Tuesday night, so get ready for the coldest air of the season," she said.
Snow expected Saturday in NC mountains
As the cold front that is expected to bring rain to the Triangle approaches North Carolina Friday night, it will likely drop several inches of snow in the far-western counties of the state.
Higher elevations could see 4 to 6 inches of snow between Friday and Saturday evening, and northwesterly winds are expected to be between 20 and 30 mph. Gusts could reach 50 mph.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for 11 counties in western North Carolina that runs from 8 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Saturday.
The weather service said up to 6 inches of snow could fall in the higher elevations, with up to 3 inches in the valleys.