Temps to soar Tuesday ahead of cold front

Posted March 11, 2014

— Abundant sunshine will help afternoon high temperatures soar into the upper 70s across central and eastern North Carolina Tuesday, some 10 to 15 degrees above normal, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

"We're several degrees warmer than we were on Monday morning," she said. "You'll notice the difference when you step outside, and by lunchtime we will be near 70 degrees across much of the Triangle."

Temperatures have climbed into the 70s at Raleigh-Durham International Airport five times in 2014, including Monday, when the afternoon high reached 74 degrees.

The last time temperatures made it into the upper 70s was December. 

"Enjoy today's weather, because we're going to see some changing conditions Wednesday as a front and disturbance head our way," Gardner said.

Clouds will increase overnight, and moisture from a disturbance in moving northeast from the Gulf of Mexico could arrive in the Triangle during the morning commute Wednesday. 

The area could see on-again, off-again showers during the day, and thunderstorms are possible during the evening. Daytime highs will top out in the low 70s.

"It's going to be a one-two punch of precipitation," Gardner said. "We may get a break from the rain Wednesday afternoon, but when our front comes through we could end up with a scattered thunderstorm during the dinner hour."

Temperatures will plummet behind the cold front. dipping below freezing by Thursday morning thanks to strong northwesterly winds.

Thursday will be sunny, but afternoon temperatures will struggle to reach the mid-40s. Winds could gust between 15 and 25 mph. 

Sunshine will stick around Friday and Saturday, and daytime highs will return to the upper 50s and low 60s, closer to normal for the middle of March.


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  • Don Dickerson Mar 11, 2014
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    At this point the severity of the afternoon/evening t-storms is up in the air. Expect breezy to windy conditions no matter what; 40's/20's are coming back and that doesn't happen peacefully. The timing of the cold front itself plus an expected dry slot are making a forecast really difficult to nail down. Usually you see an abrupt change setup like this and say 'whoa boy', but we have an extra hour of heating now, temps still around 70, but with lower dew temps, pre-frontal moisture, late-arriving frontal convection, and a dry slot sliding in to really complicate things. Know that some loose trees are going to get rocked. Whether or not the storms are actually "severe" is a very wait-and-see proposition right now though. My dad always used to say "better to have them come down while you're thinking about it than out of the blue". Good luck to everyone.

  • TarHeelBrit Mar 11, 2014

    I hope we don't get strong winds as there's a 60' Pine over the road that is leaning already, if we get some more rain and strong winds it could well come down.

  • John Ragan Mar 11, 2014
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    concerned about T-storms and wind on Wednesday and Thursday after all the ice....just got our power back yesterday around 5pm.

    The trees that are fractured but not down yet can't stand much more the soil is too wet to hold up damaged roots. This needs to go away for awhile