Coldest weekend yet, first freeze in the Triangle Saturday night

Posted November 11, 2016

— While there's no snow in the immediate forecast, the Triangle will experience its first freeze of the season on Saturday night, said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.

Expect temperatures to drop to 39 degrees overnight and rebound only to 40 by 8 a.m. Saturday.

“The coldest air we’ve seen this far this season will be arriving during the day tomorrow and lasting at least through part of the day on Sunday,” Maze said.

Cold temperatures will be accompanied by clear skies, and Sunday early morning is predicted as the coldest point of the weekend. The season's first freeze, though, is coming a bit later than usual.

“Sunday morning will bring the first freeze of the season. We’ll likely have a freeze warning issued for Sunday morning, and then we’ll quickly warm up (delete extra space) Sunday afternoon.”

The high temperature will rebound a bit on Sunday when it reaches into the low 60s. Those 60-degree highs will persist through next week, as low temperatures will stay in the 40s.

Despite the cold weather, the weekend is predicted to be dry. A low pressure system potentially developing on Monday and Tuesday, though, could bring the first chance of rain in a while.

Extreme drought in the western part of North Carolina is helping to fuel wildfires in the mountains. More than 5,000 firefighters and support staff from around the country are helping to fight the fires. Officials suspect the fire started due to arson.

There are plenty of events going on around the Triangle over the weekend—the Triangle Chili Challenge in Cary is sure to be a warm spot in an otherwise chilly weekend.


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