Published: 2013-12-05 23:28:00
Updated: 2013-12-06 23:48:08
Posted December 5, 2013
Updated December 6, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Parts of central and eastern North Carolina saw near-record high temperatures Friday, but an approaching cold front will bring rapid cooling and a chance for winter weather this weekend.
Daytime highs reached the high 70s in spots on Friday afternoon – 15 to 20 degrees above normal for early December in the Triangle.
The record for Dec. 6 was set in 1998 when Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded 80 degrees.
Rain is expected overnight, but temperatures will be mild with lows in the 50s.
Early Saturday, however, the warm weather will fade quickly as a cold front swoops through the state near daybreak. Temperatures will be in the lower 50s at sunrise, but will drop throughout the morning, hovering in the mid-40s for much of the day.
Early Sunday, parts of the northern Triangle including Raleigh and Durham could see freezing rain or sleet. Temperatures will hover around freezing during the early-morning hours Sunday.
Raleigh has about a 6 percent chance of seeing freezing rain.
"I don’t think we’re going to have to deal with too much in the way of icing problems here in Wake County or even over toward Durham," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze.
Daytime highs Sunday won't climb out of the upper 30s. On Monday, however, they will return to the low 60s.