70-degree temps return after cold weekend
Posted February 2
Updated February 3
Raleigh, N.C. — As the rain moves out Friday morning, a 30-degree temperature swing will swoop into the Triangle over the next week to thaw the weekend chill.
The rain began to roll away in the middle of the morning after soaking most of central North Carolina before the early commute. As the rain dries up, temperatures will stay in the low 40s through the rest of the day and into Saturday.
"If you're just itching to play golf, and you have to do it over the weekend, Saturday and Sunday will be OK, but you're going to have to bundle up," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.
Morning temperatures will be in the 20s through the weekend, but the mercury will take flight into the middle of next week.
Monday's high will be in the 60s, and Tuesday and Wednesday will break into the 70s.
Early Friday morning, radar showed some wintry precipitation around Roxboro, Oxford, Henderson, Roanoke Rapids and into Virginia, Gardner said. South of the Virginia border, though, the precipitation was just rain.
"Any time we add rain to the morning commute it tends to be a pretty big mess," Gardner said. "So, just be prepared for that."
The cold front floating through Raleigh during the last few days has moved on, so cooler air will begin to filter in.
Temperatures will stay cold Friday during the day and fall Friday night for a frigid start to the weekend. Saturday will be cold, but with clear skies there won't be a chance of snow or ice.
Super Bowl Sunday could bring light showers and cool temperatures that will gradually warm during the day.