Soggy skies clearing as chilly air moves in

Posted March 11, 2013
Updated March 12, 2013

— Steady rain that swept across the region early Tuesday is nearly gone, but chilly air is rushing in to take its place, forecasters said.

"As our skies clear, we'll start to see temperatures cooling down behind the cold front," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

As much as a half-inch of rain fell across central North Carolina Tuesday morning through lunchtime. The rain made for a soggy morning commute, but few weather-related problems were reported.

Temperatures were expected to drop into the mid-50s on Wednesday and Thursday, with a slight warm-up by the end of the week, Gardner said.

"It will be a nice, bright sunny day on Wednesday, she said. "But we do have that cold air that will be pushing into North Carolina all day Tuesday and Wednesday."

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast


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  • simplelogic Mar 12, 2013

    Anyone with the ability to do so should step outside NOW and soak up some of that beautiful, warm sunshine! My lily-white, vitamin D-deprived skin is grateful. :-)

  • Half Red Half Blue Mar 12, 2013

    I know I don't need it around my house. For the past couple of weeks it is like walking on a wet sponge that soaks into my shoes throughout my yard.

  • twetherby Mar 12, 2013

    evil panda: It is doubtful, his administration appears to be vastly different than the last 2!

    More directly related to this story though, how is it that we have had near record precipitation over the last few months and we are still in a drought?? I'm not buying it.

  • Wacky_dood Mar 12, 2013

    I wonder if McCrory will hold a press conference to take credit for the recent rainfall that has officially ended the drought in most of the state?

  • baldchip Mar 12, 2013

    Raise that water table-good-no-great!!

  • gobbledygook Mar 12, 2013

    Much needed rain... Hopefully we can get some more rain storms before the summer hits. It's going to be a hot one.