Warming temps usher in Thanksgiving festivities

Posted November 23, 2016
Updated November 24, 2016

— Some light rain will give way early on Thanksgiving Day to bring a warm and cloudy day for central and eastern North Carolina residents.

Temperatures on Thursday morning were around 50 degrees—a roughly 20-degree warm up from the same time on Wednesday—as clouds rolled through the Triangle. The mercury will continue to climb through the afternoon to make a pleasant afternoon.

"A little more sunshine peeks through this afternoon as the rain ends, and temperatures will climb into the mid-60s," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

The cold front coming behind the balmy Thanksgiving weather, though, is pushing storm clouds across the country, bringing a slight chance of rain in the Triangle in the morning.

"We're still watching a cold front that's back to our west," Gardner said. "The front itself doesn't move through until late (Friday), and behind it we get into some much cooler air for the weekend."

A change in winds now coming from the southwest could carry smoke back into the Triangle from a rash of wildfires in the North Carolina mountains. The smoky winds could linger until Saturday when a new front will push the smoke out.


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