Cold temperatures return for weekend

Posted November 17, 2011
Updated November 18, 2011

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— Temperatures dropped into the upper 20s to near 30 early Friday as skies cleared behind a passing cold front that brought rain to the Triangle early Thursday. 

Highs will only climb to near 50 degrees Friday after almost reaching 80 Wednesday ahead of the front that dropped up to a half an inch of rain in some areas of the Triangle Thursday, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

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"It is Friday morning and it is cold," Gardner said. "The cold front that came through Thursday is gone, skies are clear but remember, it is very chilly today. You're going to need the coats almost all day today."

Skies will remain clear throughout the next few days thanks to a high pressure system, Gardner said. 

Temperatures will bottom out around 30 again Friday night, making heavy jackets and hats a necessity for crowds attending high school football playoff games in the area. 

"It is that time of year, of course we do expect cold temperatures," Gardner said. "We've already seen freezing temperatures so this is certainly not our first freeze. It is some of the colder air we've seen so far this year."

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Saturday morning will be chilly around the start of the WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade, presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchant's Association, but will warm up into the upper 50s during the day. The mercury will dip again to around the freezing mark at night.

"The temperatures will impact your trip out to watch the Christmas parade," Gardner said. "Be sure to bundle up, at parade start time temperatures will still be in the mid to upper 30s. 

Sunday will see a significant warm-up to the upper 60s, where highs will stay through the beginning of the work week. Lows will also see a warm-up, from mid-40s on Sunday night to upper 60s.


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  • flashsparks Nov 18, 2011

    I don't know about ya'll, but I'm getting ready for this Global Warming.

  • Ambygirl Nov 18, 2011

    yukonjohn I would love to live in Alaska!! I have always wanted to but my hubby is just not ready to make that leap yet! I do envy you! Would love to see some snow here soon but I just don't think it will happen this year. Crossing my fingers tho! I can certainly understand how you feel about NOT wanting to see another snowflake after 30 years but if you have any pull, send some our way :)

  • rescuefan Nov 18, 2011 was definitely off then. I came from Michigan and Ohio many years back and am glad to be in NC where it's not so cold!

  • yukonjohn3 Nov 18, 2011

    Rescuefan, I live outside of Fairbanks. I am not sure if that link you posted was from the Weather Channel, but whoever gave that forecast, is not here!! We would absolutely LOVE that forecast! Here is a excerpt from our weather discussion from the National Weather Service. By the way, we had the coldest HIGH temp yesterday since 1904 at 30 below! Hope you guys and gals stay warm down there....


  • Hans Nov 18, 2011

    Don't feel bad, yukonjohn3. They accuse just about everyone here of being YouMakeItSoEasy. For some reason he/she really makes them fly off the deep end.

  • yukonjohn3 Nov 18, 2011

    Roy, I can assure you that I am not any of those. I have been yukonjohn3 since I first came on here years ago. I have met many of the GoLoers on a couple of occasions over the years. Don't get on here much anymore, but I have never impersonated anyone on here

  • rescuefan Nov 18, 2011

    I thought that was possible Roy G Biv, but I just looked up the temps in Fairbanks, AK (no idea where yukonjohn3 is from up there) and it is frigid!

  • Roy G Biv Nov 18, 2011

    Anybody think that yukonjohn3 is another iteration of YouMake, The Chief, 4 Dollar Gas, etc.??

  • yukonjohn3 Nov 18, 2011

    Ambygirl, if you like cold and snow so belong here. It is around 40 below and we have snow from the end of Sep till the end of April!! I used to be JUST like you. Living in Moore County and hardly ever getting to see snow. Now after 3 decades up here, I don't care if I ever see another flake of snow!!

  • Ambygirl Nov 18, 2011

    LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!!!!! I'm so excited.... and I just can't hide it.....Love this cold weather!!! WOO HOOO!!