16 NC counties are under alert, including Cumberland, Johnston, Harnett, Nash, and Wilson counties. Details
Published: 2015-03-17 06:36:00
Updated: 2015-03-17 08:52:20
Posted March 17, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Temperatures will soar into the low 80s across central and eastern North Carolina Tuesday afternoon, but major changes are coming behind a cold front that will pass through the state during the afternoon, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
Daytime highs on St. Patrick's Day will be about 15 to 20 degrees above normal for mid-March, but the record high of 92 degrees – set in 1945 – will be safe.
"Get outside for lunch today and spend some time outside during the afternoon, because today's warm weather is going to be short-lived as this front comes through," Gardner said. "This is pretty normal for this time of year, to see the wild swings in temperatures."
As the front slides through late Tuesday, a scattered sprinkle is possible, especially in the area's northern counties.
Temperatures will fall back below normal behind Tuesday's passing front, with daytime highs on Wednesday struggling to reach 60 degrees despite partly cloudy skies.
Clouds will increase throughout a chilly Thursday, and rain is possible during the afternoon and evening. Highs may not get out of the 40s, about 30 to 35 degrees cooler than Tuesday.
Rain will linger on Friday morning, but it will move out by the weekend, allowing temperatures to climb back to near normal on Saturday and Sunday.