Published: 2013-11-15 07:41:00
Updated: 2013-11-15 11:46:26
Posted November 15, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Warmer temperatures returned to central and eastern North Carolina on Friday, but they were being accompanied by clouds instead of sunshine.
Clouds will filter into the Triangle throughout the final day of the work week, and rain showers could arrive as early as the evening commute, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
High temperatures on Friday will top out in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees thanks to the clouds.
"We'll see a big change in our pattern from the last several days," Gardner said. "The high pressure system that has been controlling our weather is moving off the East Coast, and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico is headed our way."
Rain chances will increase throughout the evening Friday, climbing to 70 percent after sunset. High school football fans headed to playoff games will need an umbrella, Gardner said.
Light showers could continue to fall early in the day Saturday, but rainfall chances will diminish greatly by lunchtime. Much of the area will see grey skies as temperatures climb into the low 60s.
Clouds will remain on Sunday as highs near 70 degrees, and by late evening more showers will arrive ahead of an approaching cold front.
"We'll be very wet on Monday," Gardner said. "Some spots could see up to 1 inch of rain."
Temperatures will dive again behind the front, falling into the mid-50s by Tuesday and upper 40s by the middle of next week. Overnight lows will also plummet, falling into the low 30s by the middle of the work week.