Saturday freeze watch issued for Wake County

Posted October 24, 2013

— Cold air poured into central and eastern North Carolina early Thursday behind the first of two passing cold fronts, setting up a brisk close to the work week and prompting forecasters to issue a freeze watch for Saturday.

The National Weather Service issued the freeze watch for Wake County, effective from 1 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

On Thursday, temperatures fell into the upper 30s across parts of the Triangle near daybreak, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a frost advisory for dozens of counties from 5 to 9 a.m. 

"The big change in our temperatures has arrived. We're about 15 to 20 degrees cooler than we were at this time Wednesday," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "It's quite chilly out there this morning, and these cooler temperatures are going to be with us for the next several days."

Chance for freeze Oct. 26, 2013 Freeze likely Saturday morning

Highs Thursday will climb into the upper 50s, about 10 degrees below normal for late October. Despite the chill, sunshine will be the dominant feature of the forecast until at least Sunday, Gardner said. 

"Don't let the sun fool you," she said. "You will need a jacket all day Thursday, especially if you're going to be heading out to the State Fair or if you have other outdoor plans."

Another front will move through the region late Thursday, allowing reinforcing cold air to set up shop for Friday and Saturday. 

Highs Friday will struggle to reach 55 degrees, and overnight lows Friday night will dip below freezing. Temperatures haven't been below freezing at Raleigh-Durham International Airport since March 29, when the low reached 28 degrees. 

A gradual warm-up will begin Sunday, as temperatures will climb back into the mid-60s.


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  • urtwopid Oct 25, 2013

    A few hours at 30 will not cause freezing. Yes 30 is below freezing, but really.

  • Obamacare is here Oct 24, 2013

    good point. Obama certainly is to blame for this recent cold spell.

  • LKG-Lover Oct 24, 2013

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    Why would Obama make this type of demand? All commercial sites allow customers to browse the sites products and services without having to create an account unless you want to buy something and on some sites you can even purchase as a guest. Obama wants your personal data to spam you with donation requests for Obamacare and the DEMS. Obama uses the gov to build databases for his Action America PAC. Your data is not secure!! Lack of security will be another big issue with this web site. There will be issues with the plans which most people have not even seen yet because of the front end issues. This has gone on for almost a month now and the DEMS are feeling the pressure. Delay -> Repeal

  • ncouterbanks69 Oct 24, 2013

    I wish it would stay away but it's that time of year. Hopefully this winter is as mild as the last one and it will be sprint temps before you can blink an eye.