Wet, chilly weather to move out by weekend

Posted November 15, 2012

— Rain showers, cold temperatures and gray skies that made Thursday "flat-out miserable" are expected to clear by Friday, making way for sunny skies in time for the WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade, said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.

A low pressure system and weak upper-level disturbance tracked across the Southeast Thursday, soaking central and eastern North Carolina with intermittent, sometimes heavy showers.

"The rain made it all way up into southern Virginia, and there were times today when it was just flat-out miserable out there – no question about it," Fishel said.

Temperatures started in the mid-30s early Thursday and topped out around 49 degrees in Raleigh. Breezy conditions made it feel even colder, said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

The rain's intensity had tapered off by 5 p.m. as showers swept north and east, moving offshore into the Atlantic Ocean and paving the way for some sunshine on the final day of the work week.

Temperatures should top out in the mid-50s Friday afternoon with plenty of warm sunshine before falling back into the 30s. 

Another disturbance will follow the same path up the East Coast over the weekend, possibly bringing another round of showers to the Triangle by as early as Saturday evening. 

"The timing is what we're watching right now," Gardner said. "Sunday and Monday look like they will be dreary, but as of now, the weather early in the day Saturday for the Christmas Parade should hold up." 

A steady warm-up begins next week, with temperatures climbing to 60 degrees in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. 


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  • miketroll3572 Nov 15, 2012

    Finally, the weather and the economic outlook caught up with each other.

    Well said pinehorse.

  • pinehorse Nov 15, 2012

    Finally, the weather and the economic outlook caught up with each other.

  • jblake1932 Nov 15, 2012

    Oh well, I'm North East of the triangle and getting plenty of rain! Forecast gone array again, I see!

  • smegma Nov 15, 2012

    what's miserable about it? i think it's nice n' cozy

  • Screw WrAl Nov 15, 2012

    Stay positive people.

    Yeah, I'm positive they didn't call for rain like this here today.

  • PracticalMagick Nov 15, 2012

    The only thing that could really make the weather more perfect is if I were home curled up with a good book under a blanket. :)

  • outside_of_apex Nov 15, 2012

    Miserable? Always look on the bright side of life (it gets better).

  • working for deadbeats Nov 15, 2012

    Miserable? I think it's perfect outside.

  • Shadow666 Nov 15, 2012

    I think subjective terms like "miserable" should be left out of headlines. I like this kind of weather. This is how it should be this time of year!

  • UNCGRAD1979 Nov 15, 2012

    We need the rain + it is a good day for ducks. Stay positive people!