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Friday's mild temps to disappear quickly after front passes

Posted November 23, 2012

— Shoppers will get to enjoy mild temperatures Friday as highs climb into the mid-60s during the afternoon, but a winter blast will arrive in the Triangle overnight, making jackets a necessity this weekend.

High temperatures should hover around 50 degrees both Saturday and Sunday, and overnight lows could dip into the mid-20s Sunday morning, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"All those shoppers were greeted by temperatures in the 30s this morning," Gardner said. "It's going to warm up nicely for those who decide to head out later today, but by tonight and Saturday, the cold air behind our next cold front will be here in force."

Temperatures were near 60 degrees at 11 a.m.

The front won't drop any rain as it passes through central and eastern North Carolina Friday night, but it will bring breezy northwesterly winds and bitter wind chills. 

That breeze will keep temperatures from warming much at all during the day Saturday. 

"We're going to struggle to get out of the 40s, only seeing a 10 to 15 degree difference from our morning low," Gardner said. "Those winds and clear skies will also set the stage for the coldest morning of the season Sunday."

Temperatures will dip into the mid-20s across much of the area, making widespread frost a likelihood. 

Temperatures will moderate Monday and Tuesday, climbing back to near 60 degrees, and rain chances will arrive Tuesday when another front pushes through the region.

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  • yukonjohn3 Nov 23, 4:07 p.m.

    Be glad that your National Weather Service did not have this message:

    THANKSGIVING DAY IS A SOLIDLY WINTER HOLIDAY IN FAIRBANKS. SINCE
    1904...THE AVERAGE HIGH TEMPERATURE ON THANKSGIVING DAY HAS BEEN 7
    ABOVE AND THE AVERAGE LOW HAS BEEN 10 BELOW. THE SNOWIEST
    THANKSGIVING WAS IN 1996...WHEN 6.1 INCHES OF SNOW FELL...WHILE ON
    THANKSGIVING 1970 THERE WAS 36 INCHES OF SNOW ON THE GROUND. OVER
    THE PAST 107 YEARS...THE WARMEST THANKSGIVING WAS IN 1943...WHEN
    THE HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS 46 DEGREES. THE COLDEST THANKSGIVING WAS IN 1927...WHEN THE HIGH WAS 45 BELOW AND THE LOW WAS 50 BELOW.

    THE FORECAST FOR THANKSGIVING DAY 2012 CALLS FOR MOSTLY CLEAR SKIES WITH DAYTIME TEMPERATURES GENERALLY ZERO TO 15 BELOW.