Colder air on the way; freezing rain possible Sunday

Posted December 5, 2013
Updated December 6, 2013

— 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.

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

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. 


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Dec 6, 2013

    The temperature changes are enough to give a person whiplash.

  • STRAWBERRY LETTER 23 Dec 6, 2013

    I WANT SNOW! I WANT SNOW! 3' would be GREAT!! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. :-)

    And yes, I said 3' and NOT 3".

  • Walkin Man Dec 6, 2013

    It is what it is, what's the big deal.

  • CastIronEgret Dec 6, 2013

    "Brime; which can be known as Brime Slime or Brown Mucas
    is a word describing the fluid secreted by the elusive creature Yava." Source:

  • xylem01 Dec 6, 2013

    Its worse than MSG.-The chief

    LOL! Duly noted Chief!

  • TriangleMommy Dec 6, 2013

    Putting the age old brine/brime arguments aside I am for one tired of Mother Nature having such a wicked case of PMS.
    Today's weather just isn't right!

  • The chief Dec 6, 2013

    Im expecting another spring of seeing the kids in the nighborhood using the brime piles as ramps for their BMX bikes.

    Oh Xylem01, yes i brined a turkey but its not the same as briming a road. You can put brime on your turkey if you want but im not. Its worse than MSG.

  • Phyxius1 Dec 6, 2013

    "The grocery stores are going to be busy today and Saturday."

    No they won't, except for the extreme couponers maybe, because most here know full well that whenever wral predicts winter weather for the same weekend where temps are 80 degrees that there is zero chance of anything. Other than stupidity.

    Yeah they will, they always seem to. I grew up in an area with snow and ice storms the triangle will probably never see. Snow came down in feet some times and not the mere few inches as here. Schools rarely ever closed except in extreme air chill that caused issues for walkers or bad ice on the roads. Snowfall rarely closed the schools or work. The runs on the stores there is nothing like they have here at a prediction of possible weather.. 24 yrs later living here it still slightly amuses me. The first yr I moved here it was cold but overcast and dry out with the expectations of snow the next day. They were sending people home early and a flake of snow never fell.

  • Obamacare for one and all Dec 6, 2013

    Chief, I too have experienced those brime piles. It's not a pretty sight when the wind picks up and a sudden brime storm ensues.

  • xylem01 Dec 6, 2013

    Did any of you brime a turkey for Thanksgiving? I didn't. I decided to brine my turkey.