Published: 2014-01-01 08:03:00
Updated: 2014-01-01 23:26:12
Posted January 1, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A "brutally cold air mass" is headed to the Triangle this Friday, with temperatures nearly 20 degrees below normal for this time of year, according to WRAL chief meteorologist Greg Fishel. But before that arrives, rain will drench the area Thursday.
"We do definitely have some cold weather headed our way, and it just keeps getting more impressive all the time," Fishel said. "Sometimes when it looks impressive down the road, things back off as you get closer. That’s not happening this time."
Thursday's temperatures will be mild with a high around 50 degrees, but rain will move into the area just in time for the evening rush hour.
Raleigh has a 30 percent chance of rain by 10 a.m. Thursday. That jumps to a 56 percent chance by 1 p.m. and a 94 percent chance by 5 p.m. Areas to the south and east of Raleigh will see rain even sooner.
"Prepare yourself for a wet trek home," Fishel said.
The rain will move out of the Triangle by 4 a.m. Friday and will be replaced with sunny skies and below-freezing temperatures. Raleigh will dip 19 degrees in six hours – from 41 degrees at 1 a.m. Friday to 22 degrees by 7 a.m.
"This is cold air, my friends," Fishel said. "You tack a 15 mph wind onto that, and it feels like it’s around 10 (degrees) when you head out Friday morning ... There’s no return on the investment here. We’re not getting any snow. This is terrible."
Another cold, yet sunny day is expected to hit the Triangle next Tuesday.
"(It) has the potential to be even colder than this one," Fishel said. "We could have an entire day in the 20s despite sun."