Arctic air returns late Monday behind cold front

Posted February 22, 2015
Updated March 19, 2015

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— After a brief warm up over the weekend, another blast of cooler air was pushing into central North Carolina on Monday.

Rain showers pushed east of the Triangle after lunchtime Monday, allowing the colder air to begin its trek south and east.

"The cold air is definitely coming," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Temperatures were in the low 40s at 1 p.m. after reaching their high points overnight. As colder air arrives, temperatures will fall back into the 30s during the day.

Winds will increase throughout the day as well, gusting 20 to 25 mph during the afternoon and evening.

"It won't be a very pleasant evening," Gardner said. "Don't let the warmer temperatures this morning fool you, you're going to need something warm by the afternoon and evening."

Skies will be partly cloudy Tuesday and some flurries are possible, but highs will remain in the upper 30s.

"We could see flurries flying anywhere, but we're not expecting to see much in the way of accumulation," Gardner said.

Wednesday temperatures will reach the mid-40s before falling quickly ahead of another system that could produce more snow for the Triangle.

"We're still a little bit too far away to talk specifics with Wednesday night into Thursday, but we could be dealing with another winter storm and some snow overnight," Gardner said.

Highs Thursday, Friday and Saturday will remain in the 30s, and overnight lows will be in the 20s for the bulk of the week.


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  • Sharon Davis Feb 23, 2015
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    no you have to apply yourself more. lol. steer the ship more to the left please.

  • Doug Bradley Feb 23, 2015
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    The Weather Channel is saying 3-5 inches in Raleigh on Wednesday night with 5-8 just south of Raleigh. I'll take it.

  • Derek Fisher Feb 23, 2015
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    The left loves to push the dream of global warming. Does that work?

  • Sharon Davis Feb 23, 2015
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    I would like to see someone here politicize this cold weather.

  • Christopher Byrne Feb 23, 2015
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    Winter, winter go away,
    I'd like to get back to fishing some day!

  • Aaron Phillips Feb 23, 2015
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    I don't think you quite understand how forecasting works...go check out the latest model runs and see why.

  • Guy Percy Feb 23, 2015
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    It's ALWAYS a complicated forecast for you folks. So sick of having meteorologists straddle the fence with winter storms. 2 forecasts at the same time is silly.