71 NC counties and 2 VA counties are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2014-03-11 07:14:00
Updated: 2014-03-11 08:26:18
Posted March 11, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.