Chilly Friday precedes weekend warm-up

Posted November 11, 2011

— Temperatures fell sharply overnight and will remain colder than average throughout the day Friday thanks to a clearing cold front and northerly winds, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Highs Friday will only climb into the low to mid 50s, making a coat a necessary item at Veterans Day celebrations across the area. The annual Veterans Day parade begins in Raleigh at 9:30 and is followed by a wreath laying ceremony on the north side of the North Carolina Capitol grounds at 11 a.m.  

"We made it to Friday morning but boy is it cold out there," Gardner said. "Overnight last night this cold air came filtering in thanks to a northerly wind. It's definitely going to give us a very cool start to the day."

Temperatures will drop to near 40 by the time football playoff games begin Friday and should bottom out in the mid 30s heading into Saturday morning.  

A high pressure system will keep skies clear Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will help facilitate an increase in high temperatures throughout the weekend and into the first part of next week. 

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

Winds will shift from the north to the southwest by Friday night, sending high temperatures into the mid 60s Saturday and upper 60s by Sunday, Gardner said. 

"The temperatures are going to change pretty quickly over the next 24 hours as we get a shift in wind," she said. "We'll start to see some warmer air coming up from the west getting pushed into North Carolina. This weekend should look a lot like last weekend. Not too much to complain about."

Lows will fall into the 30s again early Saturday and should be near 40 early Sunday. 

Highs will climb back into the 70s early next week with a chance of rain entering the forecast by Tuesday. 


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  • Chairman of the Bored Nov 11, 2011

    "Warm one min., cold the next, wind calm one min., blowing the next. Does anybody at Wral know how to predict the weather?" -jblake1932

    lol. you are a real winner. i bet you got lots of friends.

  • Ambygirl Nov 11, 2011

    jblake-- Do you? Guess only mother nature has the upper hand on that job..........BTW, all the other stations reported the exact same thing as WRAL......

  • boneymaroney13 Nov 11, 2011

    Sad that the lead story is the area temperatures. Well, anyway . . . .thank you Veterans for your service to our country be you liberal or conservative. I salute you.

  • jblake1932 Nov 11, 2011

    Warm one min., cold the next, wind calm one min., blowing the next. Does anybody at Wral know how to predict the weather?

  • Chairman of the Bored Nov 11, 2011

    I was at the Memorial Bell Tower service this morning at 6am at NC State, and it was chilly!