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Holiday weekend traffic builds

Posted May 24, 2013

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— The cool, sunny forecast and three-day weekend drew drivers to east and southbound routes Friday afternoon, making for slow going through Raleigh on Interstate 40 and on U.S. Highway 70 in Johnston County.

Dry air and abundant sunshine sets up a beautiful holiday weekend in the Triangle, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

A dry cold front will pushed through the state Friday morning, allowing more stable air from Canada to flood into the region. Friday's daytime high was only 71 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Holiday traffic Live: Traffic on I-40 at Rock Quarry

With daytime highs lingering some 10 degrees below normal and cool air moving in behind the cold front, overnight lows will plummet into the low 40s Friday night into Saturday morning. The record low May 25 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport was set in 1931, when the mercury dipped to 42 degrees. 

"We're going to be close to that record," Gardner said. "I wouldn't be surprised if we tied it early Saturday morning."

Highs Saturday will stay cool, topping out in the low 70s under sunny skies. Temperatures will begin to climb slowly through the upper 70s Sunday and Monday, and the area will see mid-80s again by the middle of next week.

Beachgoers will enjoy sunshine all weekend along the North Carolina coast, but temperatures will remain cool there as well. Highs in Wilmington will top out in the mid-70s Saturday and Sunday and climb into the upper 70s Monday.

Northern beaches could see highs in the upper 60s Saturday.

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  • WralCensorsAreBias May 24, 2013

    I sure hope the bridges y'all be travelin' over are safe. The CNN lady says they ain't and someone is going next.

    Have mercy.

  • stymieindurham May 24, 2013

    "an gas prices on the rise .."
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    So long as everyone is content with these $3.50 gallon prices!!!

  • stymieindurham May 24, 2013

    Yeah!!!!! Everyone be sure and fill up in South Carolina. Gas is MUCH cheaper there.

  • littlebobeep May 24, 2013

    So glad we came down yesterday. As for te weather... Who cares.. We are at the beach !

  • BH38 May 24, 2013

    an gas prices on the rise ..

  • mmtlash May 24, 2013

    it will be kinda chilly at the beach this weekend if the wind picks up, it's even a bit chilly to go swimming around here, especially with lows in the 40s

  • jblake1932 May 24, 2013

    If it would at least rain a little, this vengeful pollen would vacate the area and it MAY be a nice weekend. This awful wind is going to stir it up worse! Can't win for losing! Bah humbug this weather!

  • PanthersFan45 May 24, 2013

    "Beachgoers will enjoy sunshine all weekend along the North Carolina coast, but temperatures will remain cool there as well. Highs in Wilmington will top out in the mid-70s Saturday and Sunday and climb into the upper 70s Monday."

    I'm glad I took a week off a couple weeks ago when the temperatures were in the 80's. It was an awesome time to be on the outer banks and Wilmington because traffic was very light and it was easy to get around and make great time .... VERY peaceful. I imagine many will flock to the coast this weekend. I'll be in Raleigh this weekend though, great forecast !!

  • Obamacare survives May 24, 2013

    The pollen count will be in the 'deadly' range over the weekend. Stay safe out there!

  • sunshine1040 May 24, 2013

    What will the pollen count be I can put on a jacket or stay in AC but all I can do in pollen is hope to breath