24 NC counties are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Johnston, Wayne, and Harnett counties. Details
Published: 2015-12-17 22:14:00
Updated: 2015-12-18 10:37:27
Posted December 17, 2015
Updated December 18, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Rain began pushing out of central and eastern North Carolina during the 7 a.m. hour Friday, clearing the way for drier air to move in on a chilly but bright weekend.
"Our rain is moving out, and we're drying out from west to east," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Roads will be wet throughout the morning, though, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to work or school.
Temperatures were in the mid-50s before sunrise Friday, and they'll likely hover in that range all day.
As the front pushes out and sunshine returns, the area will begin to cool off quickly Friday afternoon and evening.
Overnight lows Friday night and Saturday morning will be near freezing for the first time in more than a week.
Saturday will be bright and sunny with highs in the mid-40s, well below normal for mid-December. Sunday morning will start in the low 20s.
"We've had this long stretch of warm weather, and it's going to come to a pretty abrupt end behind the front producing our rain," Gardner said.
Temperatures will climb into the 60s for Monday and Tuesday, and the area could see more rain by the middle of next week.