Published: 2014-11-14 06:31:00
Updated: 2014-11-14 09:09:51
Posted November 14, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A blast of arctic air arrived in central and eastern North Carolina early Friday, and below-average temperatures will stay put through at least the next week, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
Cold mist and drizzle was falling in parts of the Triangle Friday morning, although it wasn't creating major issues on the area's roads. Scattered snow flurries were reported in counties near the Virginia border.
"Don't worry about any white stuff you may see this morning," Gardner said. "It's too warm for this to impact travel or stick to anything."
Skies should clear gradually through the morning, although abundant sunshine will do little to warm temperatures. Afternoon high temperatures will struggle to climb into the mid-40s.
After the sun sets Friday evening, temperatures will fall quickly into the 30s for area high school football playoff games. Overnight lows will settle into the mid-20s by early Saturday, about 15 degrees below normal for mid-November.
Temperatures will once again be in the mid-40s on Saturday.
Slightly warmer air will push into the area on Sunday and Monday ahead of the next cold front, and rain showers are possible on Monday.
Behind the next system, even colder air will move in. Daytime highs Tuesday and Wednesday could be in the low 40s, and overnight lows will be below freezing for the bulk of next week.