Cold front brings chilly temperatures, freeze warning

Posted October 27, 2011
Updated October 28, 2011

— After enjoying unusually warm temperatures for much of the week, residents of North Carolina saw a big change Friday as a cold front dropped high temperatures by as much as 25 degrees in some areas. 

The Triangle saw a high of 63 degrees shortly after midnight, then temperatures started to fall as a cold front passed through, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. Temperatures were in the 40s in most areas by the afternoon. 

The front brought some light rain to central North Carolina during the afternoon.

"The best time for steady rain is going to be after midnight," Fishel said. 

Showers could last into the first half of the day Saturday. 

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Friday night football fans will need jackets as temperatures will fall into the lower 40s by 7 p.m. 

Low temperatures will continue to drop throughout the weekend, with lows on Saturday, Sunday and Monday falling into the 30s. 

"On Saturday once the sun goes down, temperatures are going to drop like a rock. We could be looking at frost and a possible freeze across parts of the area," Fishel said.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for more than 20 counties, including Wake, Durham and Orange, from late Saturday night until 9 a.m. Sunday. 

Those low temperatures can kill crops, house plants and other sensitive vegetation kept outdoors. Such plants should be protected from the cold weather.

By Halloween on Monday, the highs will be inching up to 60 degrees again, but overnight lows will stay in the 30s.

"It's unseasonably cool," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said noting the normal high is 69.


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  • Coretta Scott Thing Oct 28, 2011

    I've gotten all my furs out of storage and am ready to PARTY! Bring on the cold baby.

  • vraptor Oct 28, 2011

    It has already snowed in CO... Some of the mtn's where open for skiing into July this summer in CO. The earth is going into a mini cold spell like in the 70's. Let it snow... The north east may have halloween in the snow.

  • blahblahblah Oct 28, 2011

    hcain73 - yes, the weather is newsworthy.

  • The Chief is wrong Oct 28, 2011

    Wilmington only has one day below 60 for the next 7 days per the forecast and that one day its going to be 59. Its always warmer down there...and a good 5-10 degrees warmer in the winter than in this area.

  • ykm Oct 28, 2011

    raking leaves in shorts, works for me.

  • The Chief is wrong Oct 28, 2011

    Snow and sleet in Boone tonight. Dont even have to leave good ole NC to see the white stuff.

  • wiseowl Oct 28, 2011

    They're expecting snow in DC tomorrow..could be as much as 4"

  • jmf1073 Oct 28, 2011

    This is great news!! There's nothing quite like a good ole white out brime storm.

  • The Chief is wrong Oct 28, 2011

    Ive got a buddy over at the DOT and he actually told me that the guys there on the crew were getting excited about the brime. Said some of the fellows have been going and sifting through the new batch and they think its gonna stick even better than the old stuff. They are chomping at the bit man.

  • The Chief is wrong Oct 28, 2011

    It wont be long!!! Look for the first spraying of the brime sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving. I saw a new batch the DOT just this past week.