Sunday marks first day of winter, shortest day of the year

Posted December 21, 2014

— Sunday marks the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year with only 9 hours and 44 minutes of sunlight.

The day will be mostly cloudy and cool with highs in the low 40s. A few sprinkles will be possible in the afternoon and evening from around Fayetteville southward, with rain becoming likely for the Triangle and surrounding areas overnight.

"Most of us will get through the bulk of the day today without precipitation," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss. "It looks like the best chances of measurable rain come during the morning to mid-day hours (Monday)."

The work week will start cool and soggy with highs topping out in the low 40s. Tuesday will warm up with temperatures climbing into the 50s.

On Christmas Eve, temperatures will continue to climb into the mid-60s, which is well above normal for this time of year, but showers will be likely.

Christmas Day should be mostly clear with a high of 55 degrees.


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