Published: 2011-10-29 07:11:00
Updated: 2011-10-29 20:39:01
Posted October 29, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — Skies cleared over central North Carolina Saturday afternoon after a soaking rain fell through the night.
The showers followed a cold front that snatched away sunny, temperate days and left the promise of highs about 15 degrees below the normal for late October. Saturday's forecast calls for a high of 53; Sunday should be slightly warmer, but still peak out below the 60-degree mark.
"Clouds at midday should yield to partly to mostly sunny skies later this afternoon, but it will be windy at times and very cool as we finish out the day," said WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss.
The wet conditions forced the cancellation of the parade planned as part of Cary Band Day, an annual celebration of marching bands. The field show began on schedule at 11:55 a.m. at Cary High, organizers said.
State troopers reported several wrecks Saturday morning caused by the wet weather. Drivers were hydroplaning as they tried to travel too fast for conditions, troopers said. No injuries were reported.
The big batch of precipitation that moved north and east across the Tar Heel state, was a significant change from the recent warm, sunny weather. But conditions in North Carolina were nothing compared to states further north, where snow was forecast over the weekend.
"Parts of New England could see 6 to 12 inches," Moss said.
Serious cold will come to the Triangle in the overnight hours Saturday and Sunday.
"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," said WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel.
The National Weather Service has issued freeze and frost warnings across the bulk of the state 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.