Clear skies, breezy conditions to follow passing cold front

Posted November 23, 2011

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— Skies cleared Wednesday morning following the passage of a cold front that brought showers to the area during the overnight and early morning hours. 

Rain showers passed through the Triangle between 3 and 5 a.m. and impacted the I95 corridor during the commute hours. WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said the passing cold front was not strong enough to create severe weather. 

"Yesterday we were talking about the potential for severe weather, but we haven't seen much. So far so good," Gardner said. "It looks like this front is not going to be strong enough to produce any severe weather."

Skies will continue to clear from west to east through the early part of the afternoon, making way for breezy conditions during the afternoon hours, Gardner said. 

"Rain should be out of here by lunchtime," she said. "Your travel late this afternoon should be just fine."

Highs Wednesday will climb into the mid to upper 60s by midday before dropping to around 60 in the late afternoon and into the evening.

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

Clear skies and a blustery northwest wind will help temperatures bottom out around 40 degrees Wednesday night. 

"It's going to be one of those days where it's warmer in the morning than it is in the afternoon," Gardner said. "At 4 p.m. we'll be back around 60 and it will continue to drop quickly this evening."

Sunny, cool and less humid conditions will return to the area for Thanksgiving day, with highs for much of the Triangle in the lower 60s. 

"We're going to have beautiful Thanksgiving weather," Gardner said. "Less humid, sunny and it'll be giving way to nice weekend weather too."

Low temperatures Thursday night will dip into the mid 30s, making the coat a necessity for Black Friday shoppers. 

Highs will warm back into the mid to upper 60s both Friday and Saturday with skies remaining sunny. There could be a few stray clouds during the day Saturday. 

Lows both nights will fall into the upper 30s to near 40. 


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  • Chairman of the Bored Nov 23, 2011

    @ JohnnyMcRonny

    That YouMakeItSoEasy commenter always makes inane comments about the weather (and other topics). One day, he might get out of Mommy's basement and do something productive.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Nov 23, 2011


    "Mostly cloudy early becoming partly sunny and windy at times for the afternoon. A cold front crossing the area could trigger an isolated shower or two late morning into the early afternoon for the eastern half or so of the viewing area, but these are likely to be rather spotty and brief if they develop at all. Highs in the mid 60s north to low 70s south around midday, with most areas falling into the low to mid 60s by 3-4 PM thanks to a blustery northwest wind in the wake of the front."

    Pretty darn accurate from where I've been all day. A bit of English comprehension can do wonders.

  • Rebelyell55 Nov 23, 2011

    Thanks ya Lord for a wonderful day. The wind blowing enough to get the leaves off the top of the house and dry things out a little. I still say she is so cute, ya just want to hugger her and squee her...

  • mcorson2 Nov 23, 2011

    Happy Thangiving to All!!! It looks like the North is not going to be as blessed as us. Not looking good for them...

  • cwood3 Nov 23, 2011

    Rain was good while it lasted-bet we need more. Look at the farm ponds!! They are real low-poor cattle!!

  • scgal Nov 23, 2011

    What a beautiful Thanksgiving!

  • Screw WrAl Nov 23, 2011

    I guess let's be thankful they didn't call for snow.

    Good Bird Day everyone.

  • LBJ192 Nov 23, 2011

    what a beautiful day!

  • The Chief is wrong Nov 23, 2011

    I dont understand why WRAL can never get the timing of the forecasts right when all they had to do is look at a radar. Last night they said the rain would be here this morning and out around lunch time...and that was during the 11:00 live news cast. At that time the doppler showed rain approaching from the west around Charlotte and Asheboro. So why couldnt they say okay well its moving in a little sooner and therefore will be exiting sooner?

  • Screw WrAl Nov 23, 2011

    And right on time, they're clearing now. Not after lunch, not later today, NOW! When they tell you "this afternoon" subtract 6-8 hours and you too will be as good at forecasting as they think they are.

    Now go sort your shorts because next week we're right back in the 70's+. Where we will be for this entire winter. All 3 weeks of it!