Frigid air arrives behind front; gradual warming to begin Thursday
Posted November 13, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Bitterly cold air that arrived in central and eastern North Carolina behind a passing cold front will stay put on Wednesday, as high temperatures in the Triangle will likely struggle to reach the mid-40s.
Thanks to a north-northwesterly breeze between 5 and 15 mph, wind chills could remain in the 30s throughout much of the day, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
"It's going to feel more like January than November today," she said. "Stay bundled up as you head out this morning, and keep the jacket nearby throughout the day. We will be in the upper 20s during the morning."
Despite afternoon temperatures topping out 15 to 20 degrees below normal for mid-November, the area will see abundant sunshine as a high pressure system builds into the area behind the cold front that pushed through the region Tuesday afternoon.
The front helped produce some sprinkles and flurries across the Triangle during the afternoon and evening, but warm ground temperatures and a lack of moisture in the atmosphere kept the precipitation from sticking to area roadways.
State Department of Transportation crews in Wake, Durham, Franklin, Person, Vance, Granville and Warren counties conducted "snow and ice prep dry runs" on Tuesday, which included fitting plows, calibrating spreaders, learning brine and plow routes and keeping equipment ready to go, a spokesman said.
"The work the DOT crews did Tuesday will end up being nothing more than practice, because we're going to gradually warm back up nearly as quickly as we cooled down," Gardner said. "High pressure is building in Wednesday, and we'll see gradually warm up throughout the rest of the week."
Highs will warm into the mid-50s on Thursday after starting in the mid-20s, and by Friday highs will be back in the mid-60s.
Early next week, the Triangle could see above-average daytime highs in the low 70s.