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Showers to arrive Saturday ahead of next arctic blast

Posted November 22, 2013

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— Mild temperatures will accompany variably cloud conditions across central North Carolina on the final day of the work week, but clouds, showers and then bitterly cold air will arrive over the weekend, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Temperatures were in the 50s across much of the Triangle early Friday, and they will climb into the upper 60s after lunchtime, 5 to 10 degrees above normal for late November. 

"We're going to have really nice weather today," Gardner said. "It will be warmer than it's been in the last several days, and we'll see plenty of breaks in the clouds as we go through the day." Raleigh Christmas Parade Weekend best bets: Holiday events, Movember party

Clouds will begin to thicken late Friday, and light showers could arrive in the area before midnight. Fans headed to local high school football games may need rain jackets as a precaution, Gardner said. 

Rain chances will increase overnight and early Saturday, potentially creating a soggy time for those headed to the WRAL-TV Raleigh Christmas Parade, which steps off at 10 a.m.

"I won't say that it's going to rain the entire time you're out at the parade, but there is a good chance for scattered sprinkles and showers throughout the first half of the day."

Despite the showers, temperatures will be in the upper 50s to near 60 degrees during first half of the day Saturday. The mercury will begin to dip late Saturday once the front pushes through the Triangle.

On Sunday, arctic air behind the cold front will set up shop, keeping high temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. 

"Despite lots and lots of sunshine, Sunday is going to be an awfully cold day," Gardner said. "We'll dip into the low 20s on Monday morning, and then hover in the low 40s during the afternoon."

More rain arrives on Tuesday and Wednesday as temperatures stay below normal.

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  • Raleigh Rocks 1 Nov 22, 2013

    Humans no nothing tangible about how the earth climate works. To think we little bitty specs of humans have some type of control over the entire earths natural warming and cooling cycles is absurd.

    Lets see if we can stop a spring shower first. Then we can talk about larger issues.

  • micah Nov 22, 2013

    Dan Cooper, I don't know if you mean to be sarcastic or not, but you are indeed correct. Temperature trends that are far above AND far below average ARE expected results of global warming.

  • StormyCat Nov 22, 2013

    Shadow666: I hope you are right!!!

  • Dan Cooper Nov 22, 2013

    Temps well below average for nearly a year = undisputable proof of global warming

  • Shadow666 Nov 22, 2013

    I predict snow on Thanksgiving day.