Saturday's frigid start gave way to a clear, cool, dry day across central North Carolina. "It'll be a nice, bright, sunny, dry day with that deep blue sky," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "But if you're planning to be out early or late, you're going to want to bundle up."
An area of high pressure and low humidity pushed temperatures into the 20s overnight. By mid-morning though, it had warmed back to about 50 degrees in the Triangle.
The cold snap lasts just a single day before a gradual slow climb back to weather more common for this time of year in central North Carolina.
Sunday morning will not be nearly so cold as Saturday. The overnight low is just 39.
"We'll see the mid and upper 60s on Sunday afternoon, then we jump on into the 70s for the work week," Gardner said.
A warmer mass of air will move into the area from the west, and temperatures will climb into the mid-70s by mid-week. Skies stay dry with only partial cloud cover.