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Cold to settle in for a long time

Posted December 4, 2008

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— With mild temperatures in the high 50s, cold weather seemed far away Thursday. However, two cold fronts will deliver a double punch that will keep North Carolina chilly into next week.

"Today's likely to be the nicest of the next seven," WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

A cold front will roll in overnight, ushering in clouds and chillier air. That will yield a high about 49 degrees  and low around 30 degrees Friday.

"As soon as the front goes on by overnight, temperatures will be decidedly cooler for the next several days," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

Overnight, there's a small chance of spotty, light showers. On Friday morning, southern North Carolina, including Fayetteville and Clinton, could see a few showers, but areas from the Triangle northward will see more sunshine.

The chilly air will stay in place Saturday, and then another cold front rolls in Sunday, producing highs in the 40s and lows below the freezing mark.

"Before we even have a chance to see our temperatures moderate, here comes shot No. 2. And this one looks even colder," Fishel said.

The second cold front will come in from Canada and across the Great Lakes into the eastern United States – a cooler trajectory than Thursday and Friday's cold front.

"Boy, the East Coast has been chilly for the past month, almost six weeks, and it doesn't look like it's going to change any time soon," Gardner said.


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  • oftenbad Dec 5, 2008

    What is WRAL's definition of "long"? If you look at the 7 day forecast, Tuesday (5 days away) and Wednesday (6 days away) are mid 50's, mid 60's! Proves that they have a monkey throwing darts at a weather board!

  • terrible terrier Dec 4, 2008

    Not sure how a prediction of short term weather turns into a political discussion of long term affects. I (hope)most of the people who discuss this are smart enough to understand that next week's weather has nothing to do with long term climate changes.

    But, maybe I'm wrong.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 4, 2008

    Looks like the Global Warming has changed to Global Cooling.

    Can't wait to hear Al Gore tell us we need to increase CO2 emissions to raise the temperature.

    Scientists in the 70s said we were entering an ice age. Those same scientists are now saying we have Global Warming.

    The weather goes in cycles and those who understand this don't believe in Global Warming and Global Cooling.

    Only those who are trying to profit from the weather cycles through fear believe in Global Warming.

  • Deman Dec 4, 2008

    "Ohh..Deman and let me guess, you are one of those people who like to sit indoors in the sweltering heat and watch TV all day?"
    - Nope. If you want cold, move someplace where it is supposed to be cold.

    "For a minute there I thought you were going to also accuse me of being a Yankee...LOL, nope born and lived all my life right here in NC."
    - Then you should know what kind of weather is 'normal' for this area. 5-10 below average is not 'normal'.

    "Don't know where you got the 5-10 degrees...didn't know that had been forcasted yet...as that's not seasonable here."
    - Just look at the temps going back to the start of November. Daily highs/lows have been running 5-10 degrees (if not more) below average for most of the days. The article talks about temps that are 5-10 (or more) below normal and you you said "Glad we are finally having a seasonable winter."

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  • PaulRevere Dec 4, 2008

    The forecast for next Wednesday and Thursday will surely change. GFS and DGEX models showing big snow storm which we'll be on the edge of as usual. GFS is a pretty reliable model. Even Greg's favorite, the European model, is starting to hint at this storm.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Dec 4, 2008

    Well what do you know??!? Ol' Al Gore had me convinced that the Earth was melting and we didn't have very long! And now it's going to be cold in the winter! WOW!

  • CrewMax Dec 4, 2008

    It's climate change. Happens every season.

  • Weetie Dec 4, 2008

    Let it snow...Let it snow...Let it Snow in Johnston County!

  • JustAName Dec 4, 2008

    What's up with Tuesday night?

    No snow that night.