Mild temps, sunshine return ahead of next cold front

Posted March 14, 2014

7-Day Forecast

— Sunshine will warm temperatures into the 60s Friday and Saturday, but cold temperatures and rain will return to central and eastern North Carolina by the end of the weekend, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Temperatures were in the low 30s across much of the Triangle early Friday, but a high-pressure system situated off the southeastern coast of the state will help warm arrive filter into the area after lunchtime.

Daytime highs will climb into the low 60s, which is near normal for mid-March. On Saturday, continued sunshine will push temperatures into the upper 60s.

"If you want to make plans to be outside, do it either today or Saturday," Gardner said. "Winds will be much calmer on the final day of the work week, and the first day of the weekend will be beautiful."

On Sunday, however, an approaching cold front will push clouds into the area throughout the day. Rain showers will arrive during the late morning, filling across the Triangle from the west during the afternoon.

"We're going to end up seeing a lot of rain from this system, and it's going to stay with us for more than 24 hours," Gardner said. "Monday's commute could be extremely messy."

Cold air will also arrive with the front. Highs Sunday will be in the mid-50s, and they could struggle to reach 40 degrees on Monday.

"Depending on how much cold air we see come in, this precipitation could become mixed as the system is moving out overnight Monday and early Tuesday," Gardner said. "It's looking iffy at best, and we probably won't know more about our chances for wintry precipitation until we get a bit closer."


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