Showers sliding southeast as cold air settles in
Posted March 4
Updated March 5
Raleigh, N.C. — Light rain showers falling in the southeastern corner of the state will continue to move eastward throughout the morning hours Wednesday, slowly making their way to the coast by lunchtime.
Some spots in and around Fayetteville saw mixed precipitation early in the day as temperatures hovered near freezing, but no major problems were reported.
"This rain is going to be in some of our southern counties through late morning, and the radar is showing a little wintry mix in spots," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "We're right on the border with freezing temperatures, but this shouldn't have a major impact."
Rain showers aren't expected to move as far north as the Triangle, and the system creating the precipitation should slide off the coast by mid-afternoon.
Daytime highs will climb to about 40 degrees across the central part of the state Wednesday, still 15 to 20 degrees below normal for the first week of March.
Cold temperatures will stay put Thursday and Friday, and another system will arrive in the area during the late afternoon, possibly generating rain for the evening commute. Highs will struggle to climb into the low 40s both days.
"We're going to see that rain linger Thursday night, and we could end up with some mixed precipitation in the Triangle early Friday," Gardner said. "Once again, we'll be right on the border in terms of temperature."
More seasonal air will arrive for the weekend, as high temperatures will rocket into the mid-60s both Saturday and Sunday under partly cloudy skies.
"If you're tired of the cold weather, just be patient," Gardner said. "This weekend is going to be beautiful, and we could be up near 70 degrees by Tuesday of next week."