Raleigh, N.C. — Warmer weather arrives in central North Carolina for Easter weekend but brings the chance for showers, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.
On Saturday the patchy clouds of a low-level disturbance kept the chance for showers in the forecast through the day in Fayetteville and the southeast corner of the state. Closer to Raleigh, skies were cloudy as temperatures rose into the 60s for the first time in weeks.
Saturday night will see temperatures dip into the 40s under thickening cloud cover before a recovery Sunday.
A warm front from the southwest and a cold front from the west will meet over North Carolina and could affect the Easter forecast, Moss said.
The probability of precipitation during Easter sunrise services is about 60 percent, according to the National Weather Service.
"We'll see a few sprinkles around daybreak followed by a band or two of showers or even thunderstorms Sunday afternoon," Moss said.
Monday will be nice and warm at 72 degrees and will mark only the third day this year that temperatures pushed above 70 degrees. In 2012, there were eight 80-degree days in March. The normal high temperature for late March is 62 degrees.
"We're going to dry out Monday, so when you add the sunshine to the mild air we'll be able to push into the 70s," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. "It'll be short-lived, however, as our next front pushes through Monday night and sends temperatures back into the 50s for much of the work week."
On the bright side, Fishel says, the cool weather suppresses any thunderstorms or tornadoes that are usually prominent in the spring.