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Forecast to clear; fall weather is here

Posted November 28, 2011
Updated November 29, 2011

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— The 20-degree difference between Sunday and Tuesday reflects an adjustment to "normal" for late November in the Triangle.

WRAL Weather team WRAL WeatherCenter Forecast

Heavy rain blanketed central North Carolina overnight, but began to clear by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday following the passage of a slow-moving cold front. 

WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said the front dropped as much as 2 inches of rain in some areas of Moore County and up to an inch of rain in many areas of the Triangle. 

Skies will become variably cloudy by mid-day, but a passing low pressure system could bring a shower during the afternoon hours, Gardner said. 

Skies should begin to clear late in the day, making way for cooler temperatures and sunny conditions for the latter half of the week. 

The cold air streaming in behind the front will bring the chance of snow Tuesday in the North Carolina mountains, with some areas likely to get one to four inches. 

"There is plenty of cold air coming," Gardner said. "We'll be seeing this big, cold air mass and it should stick with us for awhile."

Highs Tuesday will climb into the mid 50s after topping out near 70 Monday and will drop into the 30s overnight.

Sunny conditions will return for the latter half of the week. Highs will be in the mid 50s to near 60 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with lows falling into the mid 30s.

"It will feel much more winter-like," said Gardner. "But Thursday is the first day of December, so it is what we expect for this time of year."

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  • simplelogic Nov 30, 2011

    "We havent seen the last of the upper 80's/low 90's for this calendar year you can take that to the bank."

    Why do you think this year will set records? According to weather archives for Raleigh, the record high temp for the month of December was 81, on Dec 10 2007. Record high for the month of November is 88 (Nov 1 1950), and the last calendar date with a maximum exceeding 85 is Nov 15 1993 (86 reached that day). Last year, the last calendar day with temperatures exceeding 85 was Oct 28, and the year before it was Sept 29...

  • The Chief is wrong Nov 29, 2011

    We havent seen the last of the upper 80's/low 90's for this calendar year you can take that to the bank.

  • simplelogic Nov 29, 2011

    January - February 2000 was also colder than the period in 2011, with average of daily means = 41.9 (42.5 in 2011), PLUS there was a 20+ inch snowfall that winter. BRRRRR!!!!!

  • BWAHAHA Nov 29, 2011

    YouMakeItSoEasy.. You make my day complete with your comedy entertainment. Keep up the good work.

    I love when weather stories are posted!

  • simplelogic Nov 29, 2011

    LOL! Turns out for the period Jan 1 - Feb 28, 2010 was even colder than 1994 OR 2011. Average for daily means = 37.4 (2010); 40.2 (1994); 42.5 (2011). Not only was last winter not the first cold winter in 2 decades, it wasn't even the second. Too funny.

  • simplelogic Nov 29, 2011

    "Last year, our first cold winter in 2 decades."

    According to archived weather data, average of daily mean temps for Jan 2011 was 37.7 - for Jan 1994, 36.9. Average of daily mean temps for Feb 2011 was 47.8 - for Feb 1994, 43.8. In other words, 1994 was a colder winter than last winter.

  • Screw WrAl Nov 29, 2011

    SWW, because of their policy to allow the first amendment to live within them and because you need someone to remind you life ain't all rosy. Much of what you see and are told is not what you think it is. Now drink more kool-aid and work on your spirit dance.

  • Screw WrAl Nov 29, 2011

    Forecast as irrelevant as it's ever been but don't fret, Spring will be back next week.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Nov 29, 2011

    Both astronomical and climatological definitions of the seasons are relatively new, stupid and wrong. The solstices and equinoxes should be the middle of the seasons, not the start. Think about it....

    Midsummer's Day and Midwinter's Day are still celebrated in some old world countries, both occuring within a few days of the appropriate solstice. "In the Bleak Midwinter" is a Christmas carol - i.e., near the solstice. And Shakespeare anyone?

    Think about when the first signs of spring occur - early February. How can this be the middle of the modern defintion of winter? When do animals come out of hibernation? Guess what latin word hibernation comes from? Clue: it means winter.

    The astronomical definition serves its purpose well and aligns to obvious astrological events but it doesn't align with the cycle of birth, death and regeneration on our planet. The climatological one is better but forced to fall conveniently at the 1st of the month but is still not as good as the tradi

  • Chairman of the Bored Nov 29, 2011

    "Just In: HighSchoolOT.com, the high school sports site affiliated with WRAL-TV, 99.9 FM The Fan and 620 AM The Buzz, secured the naming rights to the renowned high school basketball Holiday Invitational Tournament. The tournament will expand to five days and 32 teams this year. "

    Why is this breaking news? Are you going to break into programming to tell us Charlie Gaddy had a bowel movement?

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