80 NC counties and 1 VA county are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2014-10-28 06:37:00
Updated: 2014-10-28 06:39:50
Posted October 28, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Temperatures will climb into the low 80s across central and eastern North Carolina on Tuesday ahead of a cold front that will bring rain and big changes to the area later in the week.
"We're going to see highs anywhere from 10 to 15 degrees above normal this afternoon," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Enjoy the warm air while you can, because the coolest air of the season will arrive this weekend."
Changes begin on Wednesday as a slow-moving front pushes through the state. Clouds will increase throughout the morning and midday hours, and rain is possible during the evening commute, Gardner said.
Rain chances will top out near 40 percent between 6 and 8 p.m. Highs Wednesday will once again be warm, climbing into the upper 70s across much of the Triangle.
"We will see a line of showers, and we could see a few thunderstorms as our front moves through," Gardner said.
On Thursday and Friday, highs will fall back into the mid-60s under partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies.
By Saturday, highs will struggle to reach the mid-50s, and weekend overnight lows will be at or below freezing on Saturday and Sunday morning.
"The second blast of cold air is going to arrive just in time for the weekend," Gardner said. "Our first widespread frost or freeze looks like it will come on Sunday morning."